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A Woman Killed with Kindness : 1st Edition - Thomas Heywood

A Woman Killed with Kindness

1st Edition

Paperback Published: 14th March 2008
ISBN: 9780713666908
Number Of Pages: 132

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A main theme in early modern domestic tragedy was not marital discord as such but violent - usually unreasonably violent - behaviour on the husband's part. At a time when husbands were not only allowed but obliged to rule their families, including their wives, the definition of 'lawful and reasonable' measures of punishment were opened to debate. The marriage of John Frankford, a middling country gentleman, and his wife Anne is comfortable if uneventful, until Wendoll, an acquaintance of her husband's, confesses his passionate love to her. Anne yields to him; they are discovered. Instead of killing the two adulterers on the spot - a vengeance that society would condone - Frankford banishes his wife from the house and their two children. Racked by guilt and remorse, Anne starves herself to death; but Heywood allows a scene of deathbed reconciliation to wife and husband.

ISBN: 9780713666908
ISBN-10: 0713666900
Series: New Mermaids
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 14th March 2008
Publisher: A & C BLACK LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1