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The Notorious Elizabeth TuttleMarriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards$
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Ava Chamberlain

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723722

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723722.001.0001

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The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle
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Ava Chamberlain

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814723722.003.0010

This prologue provides a brief background on the breakdown of Elizabeth Tuttle's marriage. It examines the petition for divorce filed by Richard Edwards, Elizabeth's husband, charging her of abuse that he claims began in the early days of their marriage and continued with only a few periods of remission for almost twenty-three years. No record exists of what Elizabeth said when she learned of her husband's petition, but her silence implies a more complex narrative that uncovers a hidden world of murder and madness, hasty marriage and thwarted ambition. Searching for Elizabeth's answer to Richard's charges is a reminder that, despite the basic stability of the puritan family during the first century of settlement, individual families did not always flourish.

Keywords:   divorce, Elizabeth Tuttle, marriage, Richard Edwards, murder, madness, puritan family

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