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ConnieBrooks

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« Reply #30 on: May 26, 2022, 04:21:18 PM »

Was it really typical for unfaithfulness to be punished with death? Obviously Henry VIII did, but I'm not sure how universal that was. The many mistresses of Charles II were certainly not executed, nor (most) divorced by their husbands. Regardless, the case can be made that this was not a royal divorce, since while titled, neither party was considered royal.
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« Reply #31 on: May 27, 2022, 10:40:32 AM »

Infidelity by a queen consort was considered treason, because it created suspicion that their children were illegitimate.  Treason was usually punishable by death. 
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« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2022, 06:55:36 PM »

Infidelity by a queen consort was considered treason, because it created suspicion that their children were illegitimate.  Treason was usually punishable by death. 
This lady was never a queen consort nor royal. I had never heard that death was the penalty for every woman's suspected infidelity.
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« Reply #33 on: May 31, 2022, 08:02:52 PM »

Plus she had the royal connections.
However a lot of inconvenient wives ended in convents and draughty old castles in the far end of the realms - never to see t he light of days again....
For references look up the excellent thread on royal names, where you find endless examples of very very unlucky women, whose only fault it was, that once the dowry was secured and a possible heir born, they fell out of whatever favour it was, that had secured the marriage. An accusation of infidelty was easily construed, "witnesses" easily bought and a hapless young man executed for it, while the unlucky lady was locked away for good.
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