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By Bonnie Lander Johnson

during this ebook, Bonnie Lander Johnson explores early smooth principles of chastity, demonstrating how the most important early Stuart considering on chastity was once to political, clinical, theological and ethical debates, and that it was once additionally a advantage that ruled the development of alternative literary genres. Drawing on a number fabrics, from prose to theatre, theological controversy to criminal trials, and court docket ceremonies - together with royal birthing rituals - Lander Johnson finds formerly unrecognised critiques approximately chastity. She finds that early Stuart theatrical and court docket ceremonies have been a part of a similar political debate as prose pamphlets and non secular sermons. the amount additionally bargains new readings of Milton's Comus, Shakespeare's The Winter's story, Henrietta Maria's queenship and John Ford's performs. it's going to entice students of early sleek literature, theatre, political, scientific and cultural heritage, and gender studies.

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