Joost Goderis

An Early Cuckold


Joost Goderis learned the hard way that trouble in the marriage bed could be no private matter in New Netherland. Returning from a day of oystering near Ellis Island, Goderis was met by a group of men who had taken an interest in his wife. Claiming that one of the town's schepens, Allard Anthony, had had the woman on her back, they called out Goderis ought to wear horns like cattle in the woods. One went so far as to ask Joost to permit him to lay where Allard lay, to have sexual connection with the lady himself. Blows soon followed and before the melee ended, Goderis suffered not only the humiliation of being one of New York's early public cuckholds but a sliced neck as well.

For more of the bawdy world of Dutch Manhattan, check out Sex and the City: The Early Years.


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