November 18, 2010
A pamphlet detailing the beatings, threats and intimidation endured by a Yorkshire housewife more than 300 years ago has been uncovered by academics at the University of Huddersfield.
In the work, which dates from 1684, a woman named Mary Hampson lists the catalogue of abuse she suffered at the hands of her overbearing and violent husband.
Although Mrs Hampson eventually escaped her abusive spouse, she first endured being beaten and starved and a violent incident involving a gun – all of which is detailed in in A Plain and Compendious Relation of the Case of Mrs Mary Hampson.
Now her harrowing story has been turned into a book, The Case of Mistress Mary Hampson, by academic Dr Jessica Malay.
‘Men were allowed to correct their wives but were not allowed to be permanently damaging,’ explains Dr Malay.
Not really Tudor but an intereasting read on how much power men had over thier wives..
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January 3, 2012
Whilst I agree violence towards woman is abborant, and should NEVER be tolerated, one has to remember that in 16th century England, and other countries, it was perfectly acceptable for a man to hit his wife and his daughters too. Men back then viewed woman as very weak people who like a puppy sat next to a pile of poo needed to be trained.
Norfolk (the odious little poppinjay) allegdely terrorised his wife, by giving her shocking beatings and locking her away a one point and ordering his servants to abuse her as well.
If it can be believed as well Lady Jane Grey was beaten into submission by both her mother and father into marrying Gulidford Dudley. I’m in 2 minds about this. It’s possible that if Jane did say “Look here I’ll not marry Dudley so get stuffed” she may have got a cuff around the ear for cheeking her parents, on the other hand she knew her duty and would have meekly submitted to her parents will. We know so little about Jane anyway so there is no knowing what went on up until the time she came to court and her reign was so short anyway she had no time to prove herself, good or bad.
I’m sure I have read somewhere that a man could beat his wife with a open hand or a birch.
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