Monday, November 25, 2013

Question from Sasha - Punishment for adultery in 16th century

Was adultery punishable by death in the 16th century, particularly in the time of King Henry VIII? Was it different for men and woman? Specifically, for a queen?

[See previous related threads linked below. - Lara]

http://queryblog.tudorhistory.org/2009/07/question-from-marie-when-did-adultery.html

http://queryblog.tudorhistory.org/2006/05/question-from-kirsten-male-and-female.html

1 comment:

kate said...

Adultry was a common if unsactioned practice for men without conquence unless of course it resulted in disease or if the partner in crime was also married to someone of importance. In the instance of Henry VIII, both wives accused of adultry and their accomplances were guilty of crimes against the kings majesty ie treason . At that time it was also considered treason to even casually discuss the kings death which was also punishable by execution For women of the period it could be a great boon in the case of Henry VIII mistresses or a great risk for other ladies that might loose everything, home children etc...if caught