Gods Handy-worke in Wonders / L’opera di Dio nelle meraviglie

Anonymous (1615)


It is the story of a headless child, whose birth occurred on 25 July 1615 in Faversham, Kent: a vagabond named Martha Haydnot is suddenly seized with painful contractions and is forced to give birth in a barn. As in the previous case, the female protagonist’s irregular life and the consequent divine punishment are instrumentally used by the author to contribute to the debate on the unresolved matter of vagrancy.


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


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