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Sam Fullerton – Rethinking Royalist Sexual Libel, 1642-6
29 March, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
PhD candidate from the University of California Riverside, Samuel Fullerton, will be speaking to the title ‘Rethinking Royalist Sexual Libel, 1642-6′:
Although vicious sexual slander has been recognized by many scholars as perhaps the most distinctive element of 1640s royalist print polemic, especially during the Second Civil War of 1648, its origins have never been studied in detail. This paper examines the development of sexual rhetoric in Cavalier print culture during the early-to-mid 1640s to argue that the association between formal royalist polemic and anti-puritan sexual libel was not as natural or automatic as the later output of the loyalist press might suggest. In the process, it offers a new perspective on royalist political identity, the king’s Oxford press machine, and early 1640s political culture.