Excerpt from "The Case of Madam Mary Carleton"

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Title

Excerpt from "The Case of Madam Mary Carleton"

Subject

Mary Carleton's opening address

Description

At the time that "circumstantial" perspective of the novel form began to take shape in the mid-seventeenth century, the English court system likewise evolved to prioritize the circumstances of the accused.

In this excerpt from "The Case of Mary Carleton", a twenty-first century Western audience readily compares her style to that of a lawyer in their opening statement before a jury. This association is hardly a coincidence, given the parallel evolution of both English courts and amusement fiction towards the end of the seventeenth century.

Creator

Unknown

Source

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Date

1663

Contributor

m4cb3th

Relation

The Habeas Corpus Act of 1640 abolished the corrupt Star Chamber court and gave citizens charged with a crime the agency to demand early evidence which warranted their arrest.

Format

Text

Language

English

Type

A novel

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Text

Be pleased to lay aside that severity of your judgement, by which you examine and castigate the licitness and convenience of every of your actions or passages of moment, and therefore seldom run into the misgovernment of Fortune, and cast a favourable eye upon these Novels of my life, not much unlike those of Boccace, but that they are more serious and tragical.

Citation

Unknown, “Excerpt from "The Case of Madam Mary Carleton",” Enlightenmens, accessed November 29, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/225.

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