William Prynne loses both his ears as punishment for libel

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Historical Context Note

William Prynne loses both his ears as part of his sentence, given by the Star Chamber, on being convicted of libelling the Queen Henrietta Maria in his tract 'Histriomastix'.
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Editors. "William Prynne loses both his ears as punishment for libel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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