Agnes Bowker's Cat Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England
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Description: "What a world is this? It is marvelous, it is monstrous! I hear say there is a young woman, born in the town of Harborough, one Bowker, a butcher's daughter, which of late, God wot, is bought to bed of a cat, or have delivered a cat, or, if you will, is the mother of a cat! Oh God!" William Bullein - Dialogue Against the Fever Pestilence (1578) David Cressy examines how the orderly, Protestant, and hierarchical society of post-Reformation England coped with the cultural challenges posed by beliefs and events outside the social norm. Drawing on local texts and narratives he reveals how a series of troubling and unorthodox happenings-bestiality and monstrous births, seduction and abortion, nakedness and cross-dressing, excommunication and irregular burial, iconoclasm and vandalism-disturbed the margins, cut across the grain, and set the authorities on edge.
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List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/10/2001
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
|List of illustrations|
|Agnes Bowker's Cat: Childbirth, Seduction, Bestiality and Lies|
|Monstrous Births and Credible Reports: Portents, Texts and Testimonies|
|Mercy Gould and the Vicar of Cuckfield: Domestic and Clerical Pleading|
|Rose Arnold's Confession: Seduction, Deception and Distress in the Heart of England|
|The Essex Abortionist: Depravity, Sex and Violence|
|Another Midwife's Tale: Alcohol, Patriarchy and Childbirth in Early Modern London|
|Cross-Dressing in the Birth Room: Gender Trouble and Cultural Boundaries|
|Who Buried Mrs Horseman? Excommunication, Accommodation, and Silence|
|Mocking the Clergy: Wars of Words in Parish and Pulpit|
|The Atheists Sermon: Belief, Unbelief and Traditionalism in the Elizabethan North|
|Baptised Beasts and Other Travesties: Affronts to Rites of Passage|
|The Battle of the Altars: Turning the Tables and Breaking the Rails|
|The Portraiture of Prynne's Pictures: Performances on the Public Stage|
|The Downfall of Cheapside Cross: Vandalism, Ridicule and Iconoclasm|
|The Adamites Exposed: Naked Radicals in the English Revolution|