cried Aylward, as the yellow flame flickered up, "it is indeed young master Ford, and I think that this seneschal is a black villain, who dare not face us in the day but would murther
us in our sleep.
He that hangs himself is a virgin; virginity murthers
itself, and should be buried in highways out of all sanctified limit, as a desperate offendress against nature.
Two Most Unnaturall and Bloodie Murthers
," in A Yorkshire Tragedy, The Revels Plays (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986), line 56.
Sundrye strange and inhumaine Murthers
Sundry strange and inhumaine Murthers
, lately committed (1591); Thomas Deloney, The Lamentation of Master Page's Wife (London, 1591); Anon.
46) The authors (probably Greene and a collaborator) leave little doubt about the drama's selling-point: if the play is well received, they promise in the epilogue that 'The second part shall greater murthers
I cannot say, but that some such Murthers
were committed, and I think two were sent to Prison for it, but died before they could be try'd; and I have heard that three others, at several Times, were excused for Murthers
of that kind; but I must say I believe nothing of its being so common a Crime, as some have since been pleas'd to say, nor did it seem to be so rational, where the People were brought so low as not to be able to help themselves, for such seldom recovered, and there was no Temptation to commit a Murder, at least, none equal to the Fact where they were sure Persons would die in so short a Time; and could not live.
Which godly Martyrs as they could not abide beyng aliue, so neither can they now suffer their memories to lyue after their death, least the acts of them beyng knowne, might bring perhaps their wicked acts and cruell murthers
to detestation: and therfore spurne they so vehemently against this booke of histories, with all kind of contumelies and vprores, railing and wondering vpon it.
In A Godly Form of Houshold Government, one of the most popular early modern conduct books, John Dod and Robert Cleaver argued that the horror of realizing one is permanently and intimately tied to someone hateful leads to "so great ruines, so wicked and vile deeds, as maymes, and murthers
, committed by such desperate persons, as are 10th to keepe, and yet cannot lawfully refuse, nor leave them.
Pattern'd by that the poet here describes,/ By nature made for murthers
and for rapes" (IV.
But in his speech opening the 1604 Parliament, James seemed even more concerned with the dangers posed by Catholics: twice noting the "encrease [of] their number and strength in this Kingdome" and linking this to the imperial ambitions of the Pope, James ventured that the "continuall practise" of the most radical Catholics "is the assasinates and murthers
of Kings, thinking it no sinne, but rather a matter of salvation, to doe all actions of rebellion and hostilitie against their naturall Soveraigne Lord" (A Speach, As It Was Delivered .
In about an Hour's Time after this first Cry all was Confusion there was little shooting, the Execution was all cutting of Throats and meer House Murthers