Strange Newes out of Kent / Strane notizie giunte dal Kent

Anonymous (1609)


It is the story of a headless child, whose birth took place on 30 July 1609 in Sandwich, Kent: an anonymous wandering woman bursts into a small rural community, upsets it with her monstrous delivery and vanishes from the scene as she had appeared. Here the deformity of the creature is used to stigmatize an entire social group: the begging vagrants.


Female Marginality; Gender History; Headless Monster, Monstrous Birth; Vagrancy.


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