A Household Broke Beyond Repair

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 Broke Beyond Repair

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This chapter looks at what happened to the story's principal individuals after the trial. When the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven entered court on the morning of April 25, 1631, he faced a cohesive, but temporary, assemblage of arbiters, most of whom knew him or knew of him. Castlehaven's household was a six-month wonder, worn out by the time of his execution in mid-May or, if not then, at the latest, by the trials and hangings of his servants in the first week of July. But for some people, this was emphatically not so. The Dowager Countess of Castlehaven, Anne, almost never appears in her own behalf in the records of events after 1631. Most of what can be discerned comes from comments about what others did for her or to her or said about her. The 3rd Earl, his Countess, and the Dowager Countess of Castlehaven grew poorer in terms of both material possessions and reputation.

Keywords: Earl of Castlehaven; trial; household; Dowager Countess

Chapter.  6245 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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