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The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards

Ava Chamberlain


Who was Elizabeth Tuttle? In most histories she is a footnote, a blip. At best she is a minor villain in the story of Jonathan Edwards, perhaps the greatest American theologian of the colonial era. Many historians consider Jonathan Edwards a theological genius, wildly ahead of his time, a Puritan hero. Tuttle was Edwards's crazy grandmother, whose madness and adultery drove his despairing grandfather to divorce. This book unearths a fuller history of Tuttle. It is a violent and tragic story in which anxious patriarchs struggle to govern their households, unruly women disobey their husbands, me ... More

Keywords: colonial era, Elizabeth Tuttle, Jonathan Edwards, American theologian, New England, eugenics movement, Puritan family life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814723722
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814723722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ava Chamberlain, author