Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in a Massachusetts County, 1649-1699
Social historian Roger Thompson brings the forgotten and faceless men and women in 17th-century Massachusetts to suggest that records from Middlesex County of the Colony and Province of Massachusetts Bay show that the puritan social system was not so rigid and the relationships between sexes not so regulated as some historians have suggested. The argument of 'Sex in Middlesex' is revisionist: the 'puritans' and 'theocrats' who throng its pages do not behave in accordance with popular stereotype or conform tot he interpretations of major historians.
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Thompson analyzes the court records of 17th century Middlesex County, searching for such sexually related crimes as fornication, breach of promise, sexual deviancy, and adultery. His findings help ... Read full review
Fornication Detection and Evasion
Courtship and Patriarchal Authority
Pregnant Brides and Broken Promises
Sexual Deviance and Abuse
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
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Page xiv - Cranmer, took a journey to see their tutor; where they found him with a book in his hand (it was the Odes of Horace) he being then like humble and innocent Abel, tending his small allotment of sheep in a common field; which he told his pupils he was forced to do then, for that his servant was gone home to dine, and assist his wife to do some necessary household business. But when his servant returned and released him, then his two pupils attended him unto his house, where their best entertainment...
Page xiv - But when his servant returned and released him, then his two pupils attended him unto his house, where their best entertainment was his quiet company, which was presently denied them ; for Richard was called to rock the cradle ; and the rest of their welcome was so like this, that they staid but till next morning, which was time enough to discover and pity their tutor's condition...
Page 4 - ... of which courts shall have full power to hear and determine all causes, civil and criminal, not extending to life, member or banishment (which, with causes of divorce, are reserved to the Court of Assistants), and to make and constitute clerks and other needful officers, and to summon juries of inquest and trials out of the towns of the county, provided no jurors shall be warned from Salem to Ipswich, nor from Ipswich to Salem.