The term cuckold refers to the husband of an adulterous wife. In evolutionary biology, the term is also applied to males who are unwittingly investing parental effort in offspring that are not genetically their own. (Step-Fathers)
Although cuckoldry was a predominately-male crime, the cheating wife was by no means safe
from the community’s criticism. She would be seen as a scold who abused her husband in addition to disrespecting him by seeing other men. To punish such disorderly women, Tudor-era (1457 – 1509) people could resort to shaming-rituals of varying degrees of severity.
That the horns are symbol of unwareness on one’s own status of being cheated to
“…Cuckolds and their attendant horns provided a source of humor that was notably widespread during the seventeenth century, especially in plays, and then sharply curtailed afterward. Professor, Claire McEachern argues that horn humor was prevalent because it allowed a ludic response, collective laughter and even enjoyment to the anxieties provoked by the Protestant theology. The cuckolds’ horns, because they represent ignorance of one’s own status, resonate with the uncertainties of soteriology, while other widely disseminated symbolic registers of the horn expand the leverage of the ludic response….”
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