Trial for Bigamy

  • Matthew J. Kinservik
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Elizabeth had succeeded in keeping A Trip to Calais off the stage and out of print, but it was a Pyrrhic victory. Walking down the street in the city of London or Westminster during the summer and fall of 1775, one could not avoid the story of her argument with Samuel Foote. The windows of the print shops displayed numerous images of Elizabeth in her scandalous masquerade costume of twenty-six years earlier—hardly the image she wanted in people’s minds as she faced trial. An even more barbed print showed her and Foote engaged in a duel. Elizabeth’s chest is covered in chain mail, mocking the claim in her letter to Foote that she was “cloathed in my innocence as in a coat of mail.”1


Criminal Trial Sexual Double Standard House Arrest Print Shop Solicitor General 
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Chapter 9

  1. 1.
    This print is preserved in the Harvard Theatre. Collection extra-illustrated edition of Dr. Doran, Their Majesties Servants (London: J. C. Nimmo, 1888), 3: 134.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen, The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd: Forgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001), 55–56.Google Scholar
  3. 23.
    Dorian Gerhold, Westminster Hall: Nine Hundred Years of History (London: James and James, 1999), 56.Google Scholar
  4. 54.
    Robert Sandeman, The Honour of Marriage Opposed to all Impurities: An Essay (London: 1777), 39.Google Scholar

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