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He may just have decided, according to his lights and standards, that Mary Powell was no longer his wife. His Commonplace Book reveals his interest in the problems of marriage years before he was married. " 15 ) In these notes and quotations from his reading of the late 16gos and early 164os polygamy comes up a number of times. " 17 Sometimes there is a good story in the context, as with Valentinian I: the wife of this Christian emperor, Severa, brought the bigamy upon herself by informing her husband how comely her friend Justina was in the bath.

So the veil is not only because her husband had never known Katherine's face though that is the most poignant reason. Alcestis was veiled in the "like" circumstances. In the Anglican ceremony of thanksgiving after childbirth known as "the Churching of Women" the requirement was that the women who came to be churched should come covered with a white veil. 6 The standard personification of the Rational Soul was "a female figure draped in white, the color of Sex in Middle Life 41 purity, the color which is supposedly not made up of any other colors, just as the soul is not composed of anything earthly.

The Royalist side, the side her family's fortunes were tied to, was obviously losing the Civil War. The Powells could use a Puritan ally: in fact they would all leave Forest Hill to take refuge in his London house. It became possible to move again between Oxford and London after Cromwell's victory at Naseby (14june). Moreover, word reached the Powells that Milton was planning to take the law into his own hands, entertained "a design of marrying one of Dr. " 64 They might or might not have heard that the lady was "averse ...

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