Imaginary Betrayals: Subjectivity and the Discourses of Treason in Early Modern England
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 M05 29 - 224 páginas
In 1352 King Edward III had expanded the legal definition of treason to include the act of imagining the death of the king, opening up the category of "constructive" treason, in which even a subject's thoughts might become the basis for prosecution. By the sixteenth century, treason was perceived as an increasingly serious threat and policed with a new urgency. Referring to the extensive early modern literature on the subject of treason, Imaginary Betrayals reveals how and to what extent ideas of proof and grounds for conviction were subject to prosecutorial construction during the Tudor period. Karen Cunningham looks at contemporary records of three prominent cases in order to demonstrate the degree to which the imagination was used to prove treason: the 1542 attainder of Katherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, charged with having had sexual relations with two men before her marriage; the 1586 case of Anthony Babington and twelve confederates, accused of plotting with the Spanish to invade England and assassinate Elizabeth; and the prosecution in the same year of Mary, Queen of Scots, indicted for conspiring with Babington to engineer her own accession to the throne.
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English drama—Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600— History and criticism. 2. Treason in literature. 3. English drama—— 17th century—History and criticism. 4. Trials (Treason)—England— History—16th century. 5.
... a multivoiced production into the solo of a single genteel tenor.”7 In foregrounding a codified legal history at the expense of an often inconsistent legal practice, studies may bestow an image of unity on something. 2 Introduction.
Legislative history provides us with a partial, particular view of legal—literary relations and of the historical processes and discursive work performed in trials. I want, however, to complement that work by bringing the trial genre ...
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... or an inward and an outward self, the errant history of treason trials is also a history of competing notions of subjectivity.38 This proliferation of selves was cause enough for legal intervention: the law claimed the territory of ...
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