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John Smith and Elizabeth Huthall

18th century English couple who married despite the clergyman suspecting that “John” was a woman.

LHMP entry

Donoghue’s second conceptual cluster in this analysis is the “female husband” motif. That is, not simply women passing as men, but doing so in a context where they courted and/or married other women. The chapter begins with a general note on the prevalence of this type of event and the wide variety of superficial motivations for passing.

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