Introduction Castlehaven Redux

Cynthia B. Herrup

in A House in Gross Disorder

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139259
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848966 | DOI:
Introduction Castlehaven Redux

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Castlehaven has a bit-part in history of the early Stuart age, a modest place in early modern literary studies, and a starring role in most histories of male homosexuality in England. The name 2nd Earl of Castlehaven is associated with a notoriety the origins of which seemed axiomatic. The case that is presented offers a story of sex, privilege, corruption, and revenge, and in each of those realms, it also offers a story about social tensions and the misappropriation of authority.

Keywords: 2nd Earl of Castlehaven; sex; law; privilege; corruption; revenge

Chapter.  3076 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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