Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England

By Randall Martin

© 2007 – Routledge

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About the Book

This book presents the first comprehensive study of over 120 printed news reports of murders and infanticides committed by early modern women. It offers an interdisciplinary analysis of female homicide in post-Reformation news formats ranging from ballads to newspapers. Individual cases are illuminated in relation to changing legal, religious, and political contexts, as well as the dynamic growth of commercial crime-news and readership.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Equity and self-defense in female homicide news

3 Confession, conversion, and tactical resistance

4 Women and Poison

5 Changing representations of infanticide and child murder

6 Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

About the Author

Randall Martin is Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

From Shakespeare to Jonson, Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture looks at both the literature and culture of the early modern period. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside theatre, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT011000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval