A Debauched Son of a Noble Family

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 Debauched Son of a Noble Family

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John Pory wrote to Sir Thomas Puckering on April 21, 1631, that the Sheriff of London was beginning to build scaffolds in Westminster Hall for the trial of the Earl of Castlehaven the following Monday, there being 27 lords summoned by writs to be his judges, and the Lord Keeper to sit as Lord High Steward for the day. By the spring of 1631, rumors had been circulating about Castlehaven's alleged offenses for at least six months, and Pory's comments capture the anticipation. Specifically discussed are rape and sodomy in Castlehaven's time, preparations for building a case, and preparations for getting to court. Trials are confrontations, rhetorical swordplay within set rules.

Keywords: Earl of Castlehaven; rape; sodomy; trial; debauched son

Chapter.  15086 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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