Punishing adultery in a woman killed with kindness

  title={Punishing adultery in a woman killed with kindness},
  author={Jennifer Panek},
In 1608 when Thomas Heywood published A Woman Killed with Kindness, a domestic tragedy centering on a man's discovery and punishment of his wife's unfaithfulness, adultery was officially an ecclesiastical offense which, if detected by the church authorities, could land the culprit in a penitential white sheet before the parish congregation. As Martin Ingram explains, however, adulteresses and their lovers were usually presented to the courts only when their liaison became a matter of public… CONTINUE READING