Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Fashioning Adultery
Gender, Sex and Civility in England, 1660–1740

$67.00 (C)

Part of Past and Present Publications

  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521042703

$ 67.00 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • A major survey of representations of adultery in later seventeenth and early eighteenth-century England brings together a wide variety of literary and legal sources, it charts and explains shifts in the understanding of marital infidelity. It examines, in particular, challenges to religious perceptions of sexual sin and the development of a more rational understanding of the causes and consequences of adultery.

    • Fills a gap in the study of the sexual and social habits of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England
    • Provides a major analysis of men's attitudes towards adultery in this period
    • Takes a strongly interdisciplinary approach to the subject, drawing on sermons, pamphlets, plays, diaries, periodicals, and trial reports and records
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...anyone who seeks to study the Enlightenment marriage, divorce, illicit sex, or the class/economics grid of fornication--whether social or literary historian--will benefit from this useful study." Canadian Journal of History

    "[Turner] presents in clear, crisp prose a series of tightly argued chapters, each organized around the discussion of a particular source genre...Turner has made an important, original contribution to eighteenth-century studies." William and Mary Quarterly

    "Turner has scoured a wide variety of sources dealing with marital breakdown from popular plays and pamphlets to legal treatises and trial records to support his thesis." Renaissance Quarterly

    "Turner's book is not only an important contribution to gender studies; it also furthers our understanding of the social history and class relations of eighteenth-century England." History

    "An important contribution to our understanding of gender relations within the family. It particularly enhances our sense of men as husbands and lovers during a period that began to see the rising dominance of a middle-class, conjugal, domestic ideal, and provides a valuable addition to the growing historical literature on masculinity." Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

    "...insightful and compelling...." H-Albion (H-Net)

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521042703
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the text
    List of abbreviations
    1. Language, sex and civility
    2. Marital advice and moral prescription
    3. Cultures of cuckoldry
    4. Sex, death and betrayal: adultery and murder
    5. Sex, proof and suspicion: adultery in the church courts
    6. Criminal conversation

  • Author

    David M. Turner, University of Wales, Swansea
    David M. Turner is Lecturer in History, University of Glamorgan. He was educated at Oxford and Durham Universities, and was awarded the first Past and Present Society Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, London. This is his first book.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.