Love, Lust, and License in Early Modern England: Illicit Sex and the Nobility
Focusing on cases of extramarital sex, Johanna Rickman investigates fornication, adultery and bastard bearing among the English nobility from about 1560 to 1630. She explores how attitudes towards illicit sex varied greatly throughout the period.
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