A brief history of libel – OUP Blog

Posted January 17th, 2018 in defamation, news by sally

‘At a Cambridge court hearing in 1584, Margery Johnson reported that she heard Thomas Wylkinson refer to “the said Jane Johnson thus ‘A pox of God on thee, bitch fox whore, that ever I knew thee”. If Wylkinson indeed called down such a curse on Jane, he was guilty not of libel, but of slander, a verbal attack on another person.’

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OUP Blog, 16th January 2018

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