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Monstrous Acts: Bestiality in Early Modern England

Erica Fudge explores a shift in attitudes towards bestiality in the sixteenth century and how this impinged on wider issues concerning human status.

A pig-man said to be born to a sow in Brussels in 1564. From Pare's 'Of Monsters and Prodigies' (1573)In 1670 Thomas Rigg of Hadmore in the North Riding of Yorkshire appeared before a Justice of the Peace. His deposition reads:

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