08 November 2005

A Creative Solution to a Persistent Problem...

...seventeenth-century style.

Found over the weekend in "Profiting from Misfortune: corrutpion and the Admiralty under the Early Stuarts," by David D. Hebb in Thomas Cogswell, Richard Cust, and Peter Lake, eds., Politics, Religion, and Popularity: Early Stuart Essays in Honour of Conrad Russell:

Presented to Charles I as a New Year's Gift, the proposal recommended "that the whores, harlots, & idle lascivious portion of the female sect [sic]" should be exchanged for English male captives (taken by Turkish pirates) so that "one harlot may redeem half a dozen captives."
And some people have a hard time believing me when I tell them that the penalty for fornication could be very harsh in early modern English society...

(source: PRO SP 16/311/9)

3 Comments:

At Wednesday, November 09, 2005 3:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Friday, November 11, 2005 3:47:00 PM, Anonymous Moah NcCormack said...

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At Friday, November 11, 2005 9:35:00 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Why, that would be my pal, uh, Moah NcCormack!

 

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