Mary Carleton, commonly known as the German Princess, was a scandalous celebrity in Restoration London. Her notoriety arose from her 1663 trial and acquittal for bigamy, which became the occasion of the publication of The Case of Madam Mary Carleton. Here she narrates her version of her life as a 'German Princess', the daughter of the Earl of Cologne, though by most accounts she was born Mary Moders, the daughter of a Canterbury fiddler who married first a Canterbury shoemaker, Thomas Steadman, and then a surgeon, Thomas Day. Within her own time, Carleton was the subject of more than twenty-six pamphlets published in 1663 and 1673; this volume reprints Carleton's own The Case of Madam Mary Carleton along with representative selections of pamphlets written about her. Her trial produced its own 'pamphlet war' between Mary and her husband John and her story inspired a play and a mock epic, which significantly responded to Carleton's own emphasis on performance and epic romance in fashioning her aristocratic identity.
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Contents: Preface by the General Editors; Introductory Note; Mary Carleton, The Case of Madam Mary Carleton (1663); The Arraignment, Tryal and Examination of Mary Moders, Otherwise Stedman, now Carleton (1663); John Carleton, Replication, Or Certain Vindicatory Depositions (1663); T.P. [Thomas Porter], A Witty Combat: Or, The Female Victor; F.B., Vercingetorixa: Or, The Germane Princess Reduc'd to an English Habit (1663); J.G. [John Goodwin], The Memoires of Mary Carleton (1673)
Mihoko Suzuki is Professor of English at the University of Miami, USA. She is the author of Subordinate Subjects: Gender, the Political Nation, and Literary Form in England, 1588-1688 (2003); and co-editor of Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1700 (2002) and Women's Political Writings, 1610-1715 (2007).