TITLE

'Not Having God Before his Eyes': Bestiality in Early Modern England

AUTHOR(S)
Thomas, Courtney
PUB. DATE
April 2011
SOURCE
Seventeenth Century;Spring2011, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p149
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
In early modern England, bestiality was tied to cultural and social perceptions and realities and (alongside other sexual behaviours viewed as lewd or subversive of the natural order) had a powerful cultural resonance. This paper investigates early modern English attitudes (social, religious, and cultural) to bestiality and argues that, while contemporary pamphlet literature, sermons, broadsides, and legal texts strongly condemned bestiality and hint that occurrences of it were rife, prosecutions for the crime were relatively rare and this asymmetry may be explained by analyzing the political atmosphere at specific moments when bestiality was legislated against.
ACCESSION #
63886328

 

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