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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21 Ponet's complaint clarifies the position of “traitors”: they are perceived only relationally, in so far as they differ from a particular and often only partially articulated politics. Variously cast as those who resist or enable ...
It also identifies more generally what attracted me as a literary scholar to the crime of treason: its position as an aspect of the imagination. Defined as a function of imagination, treason participates in the contestatory relations ...
“No jury, however, tried cases in a social vacuum; character was a composite of social position and demeanor. What a jury saw in the behavior of a defendant reflected its expectations of what was appropriate to a specific person.
Although the historical position of these figures in a single criminal cate— gory might suggest they shared a political view, their similarity is as much an effect of a flexible legal designation as of shared dissent.
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