Chapter

A Verdict, but No Resolution

Cynthia B. Herrup

in A House in Gross Disorder

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139259
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139259.003.0004
A Verdict, but No Resolution

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The most striking thing about the prosecution against the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven was the diversity of fears that the attorneys invoked in their presentations. The crimes of which the Earl was accused were capital, but not unpardonable, and, as it is seen, the case against him was not invulnerable. The arraignment of any prisoner, even an Earl, was a usual routine. Castlehaven was brought to them for punishment, but also to be made a palpable example of. No man could turn from God without endangering himself, his family, and his nation. Topics covered include Castlehaven and the responsibilities of manhood, Castlehaven and the honor of the peerage, and Castlehaven and the duties of an English subject.

Keywords: 2nd Earl of Castlehaven; verdict; prosecution

Chapter.  13805 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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