Agnes Bowker's Cat
Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England
By (author) David Cressy
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Agnes Bowker's Cat by David Cressy
Book 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192825308
(197mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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England on Edge traces the collapse of the government of Charles I, the disintegration of the established church, and the cultural panic that led to civil war. Focused on the years 1640-1642, the book features hundreds of people not normally seen in historical surveys, appearing in a drama much larger than the struggle of king and parliament.
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Author Biography - David Cressy
David Cressy is Professor of History at Ohio State University, USA
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