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A House in Gross Disorder: Sex, Law, and the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven

Cynthia Herrup

Abstract

Sex, privilege, corruption, and revenge—these are elements that we expect to find splashed across today's tabloid headlines. But in 17th-century England, a sex scandal in which the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven was executed for crimes so horrible that “a Christian man ought scarce to name them” threatened the very foundations of aristocratic hierarchy. This book presents a new interpretation both of the case itself and of the sexual and social anxieties it cast into bold relief. Castlehaven was convicted of abetting the rape of his wife and of committing sodomy with his servants. More than that, he ... More

Keywords: sex, privilege, corruption, revenge, 2nd Earl of Castlehaven, aristocracy, sodomy, rape

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195139259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139259.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Herrup, author
Duke University

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