A House in Gross Disorder: Sex, Law and the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc, USA | ISBN: 0195125185 | edition 1999 | PDF | 240 pages | 1,16 mb
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. In A House in Gross Disorder, Cynthia Herrup presents a strikingly new interpretation both of the case itself and of the sexual and social anxieties it cast into such bold relief.