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The trials of Frances Howard : fact and fiction at the court of King James

Author: David Lindley
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It was the greatest scandal of the Jacobean age. In 1616, Frances Howard and her husband, the Earl of Somerset, were found guilty of the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. Already vilified as a consequence of the annulment of her first marriage. Frances Howard was branded 'a lewd woman', 'a wife, a witch, a murderess and a whore', and has gone down in history as the epitome of female villainy.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Frances Howard Carr Somerset, Countess of; Frances Howard Carr Somerset, Countess of; Thomas Overbury; Frances H Somerset; Frances H Somerset; Thomas Overbury
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Lindley
ISBN: 0415052068 9780415052061 0415144248 9780415144247
OCLC Number: 27812176
Description: ix, 227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. The first trial: An arranged marriage --
2. Interlude: Filling in the blanks --
3. The second trial: Seeking an annulment --
4. Interlude: Celebration --
5. The third trial: Murder.
Responsibility: David Lindley.
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David Lindley re-examines the murder trials of Frances Howard and the historical representations of her as 'wife, a witch, a murderess and a whore', challenging the assumptions that have constructed  Read more...

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"Lindley's book is that extremely rare academic book that reads like a page-turner and murder mystery...."-" Susan Cerasano, Colgate University

 
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