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Sexual Nonconformism

Peter Laslett, 24 January 1980

Wanton Wenches and Wayward Wives: Peasants and Illicit Sex in Early 17th Century England 
by G.R. Quaife.
Croom Helm, 283 pp., £11.50, July 1980, 0 7099 0062 7
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A History of Myddle 
by Richard Gough, edited by Peter Razzell.
Caliban, 184 pp., £9, October 1980, 0 904573 14 1
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... in many matters other than the sexual and marital. I have quoted at length this case from Quaife’s Wanton Wenches and Wayward Wives because his popularly-written study of Somersetshire ecclesiastical court cases is dedicated to the correction of this error and of two others as well. The first of the two further errors is that before the time of what ...

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