A Declaration of a Strange and Wonderfull Monster / Un annuncio riguardo a uno strano e meraviglioso mostro

Anonymous (1646)


It is the story of the birth of a headless child occurred in Kirkham, Lancashire: the civil war rages in the country and the victory of the Puritan Parliament is around the corner, when Mrs. Haughton publicly claims her role as a realist and Catholic dissident and for this is punished with the birth of a headless son. In this case, the monstrous birth is not intended to be a punishment for a morally reprehensible action, but for a heterodox ideology.


Catholic Recusancy; English Civil Wars; Gender History; Headless Monster; Monstrous Birth.


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