Further reading

Monstrous Births and Monsters

Bates, Alan W, Emblematic Monsters: Unnatural Conceptions and Deformed Births in Early Modern Europe, (Rodopi: Amsterdam, 2005).

Burns, William E, An Age of wonders: prodigies, politics, and providence in England, 1657-1727, (Manchester University Press: Manchester, 2002).

CohenJeffrey Jerome  (ed.), Monster Theory: Reading Culture, (University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, 1996).

Crawford , Julie, Marvelous Protestantism: monstrous births in post-Reformation England, (John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, 2005)

Knoppers, Laura Lunger and Joan B. Landes, Monstrous bodies/political monstrosities in Early Modern Europe, (Cornell University Press: New York, 2004).

Paré Ambroise, Janis L. Pallister (eds.), On Monsters and Marvels, (University of Chicago: Chicago, 1983).

Park, Katharine and Lorraine J. Daston, ‘Unnatural Conceptions: The Study of Monsters in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century France and England’, Past & Present, 92, (1981).


Cressy, David, Birth, marriage, and death: ritual, religion, and the life-cycle in Tudor and Stuart England (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1997).

Fissel, Mary Elizabeth, Vernacular bodies: the politics of reproduction in early modern England‎, (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2004).

Gelis, Jacques, History of Childbirth: Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern Europe, (Polity Press, 1991).

Harley, David, ‘Historians as Demonologists: The Myth of the Midwife-witch’ in The Society for the Social History of Medicine, (1990).

Marland, Hilary, The Art of Midwifery: Early Modern Midwives in Europe, (Routledge: London, 1993).

Radcliffe, Walter, Milestones in Midwifery; and The Secret Instrument (The Birth of the Midwifery forceps), (Norman Publishing: San Francisco, 1989).

Teijlingen, Edwin R. Van, George W. Lowis, Peter McCaffery (eds.), Midwifery and the medicalization of childbirth: comparative perspectives, (Nova Science Publishers: New York, 2004).


Friedman, Jerome, The Battle of the Frogs and Fairford’s Flies: Miracles and the Pulp Press during the English Revolution, (St. Martin’s Press: New York, 1993).
Fumerton, Patricia , Anita Guerrini, Kris Mcabee (eds.), Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800 (Ashgate: Farnham, 2010).

Women’s Writing
Millman, Jill Seal and Gillian Wright (eds), Early modern women’s manuscript poetry, (Manchester University Press: Manchester, 2005)

Anglo Saxon Women

Dockray-Miller, Mary, Motherhood and mothering in Anglo-Saxon England , (St Martins Press: New York, 2000)

Shetland and Orkney

Abrams, Lynn, ‘From Demon to Victim: The Infanticidal Mother in Shetland, 1699-1899*’, in Yvonne Galloway Brown and Rona Ferhuson (eds.), Twisted Sisters: Crime and Deviance in Scotland Since 1400, (Tuckwell Press: East Linton, 2002).

Moore, David. W, The Other British Isles: A History of Shetland, Orkney, the Hebrides, Isle of Man, Anglesey, Scilly, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands, (University of Michigan, 2005).


Brown, Yvonne Galloway and Rona Ferhuson (eds.), Twisted Sisters: Crime and Deviance in Scotland Since 1400, (Tuckwell Press: East Linton, 2002).

Ewan, Elizabeth and Janay Nugent (eds.), Finding the family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).

*This has been digitized by Google Books and can be read in full

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