A Household Kept unto Itself

Cynthia B. Herrup

in A House in Gross Disorder

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139259
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848966 | DOI:
A Household Kept unto Itself

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This chapter examines the principal individuals in the study and the context of their involvements. There is a need for some understanding of the biographies of the principal individuals before it is possible to begin to decipher the series of events because personal detail was the foundation of the prosecution's case against the Earl. Arguments about what Castlehaven might have done started from and ultimately returned to a sense of who Castlehaven and his accusers were. Topics discussed include the household at Fonthill Gifford, the view from Whitehall, and Annus Horrendus. The 2nd Earl of Castlehaven was not a significant presence in the public life of either the nation or the locality. To the early modern English, the family and its head could be conflated to a single entity: Castlehaven was his household. The Earl's adamant denial of the allegations against him, whether it was sincere or merely tactical, focused the proceedings exactly on the demarcation.

Keywords: 2nd Earl of Castlehaven; household; Fonthill Gifford; Whitehall; Annus Horrendus

Chapter.  6106 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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