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The Early Modern Englishwoman, 1500-1750: Contemporary Editions: The Early Modern Englishwoman, 1500-1750: Contemporary Editions


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Eugenia and Adelaide, A Novel: Frances Sheridan

Eugenia and Adelaide, A Novel: Frances Sheridan

1st Edition

Anna M Fitzer
June 10, 2019

Frances Sheridan’s Eugenia and Adelaide is an astonishing first novel of parental tyranny, infidelity, kidnap, blackmail, and violence played out over two volumes against the backdrop of continental Europe. The friendship of Eugenia and Adelaide endures in spite of their separation at the beginning...

The Experience of Domestic Service for Women in Early Modern London

The Experience of Domestic Service for Women in Early Modern London

1st Edition

Paula Humfrey
January 03, 2019

The late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century texts presented here describe female servants' experiences of work in early modern London. Domestics' court depositions offer qualitative evidence that female servants were an important support of emergent capitalism in the early modern metropolis....

Two Early Modern Marriage Sermons: Henry Smith’s A Preparative to Marriage (1591) and William Whately’s A Bride-Bush (1623)

Two Early Modern Marriage Sermons: Henry Smith’s A Preparative to Marriage (1591) and William Whately’s A Bride-Bush (1623)

1st Edition

Robert Matz
September 10, 2018

This critical edition of two early modern marriage sermons provides an important resource for students and scholars of early modern literature and history, allowing them to experience firsthand the competing and historically layered ideas about marriage that circulated in the wake of the English...

Domestic Politics and Family Absence: The Correspondence (1588–1621) of Robert Sidney, First Earl of Leicester, and Barbara Gamage Sidney, Countess of Leicester

Domestic Politics and Family Absence: The Correspondence (1588–1621) of Robert Sidney, First Earl of Leicester, and Barbara Gamage Sidney, Countess of Leicester

1st Edition

Noel J. Kinnamon, Margaret P. Hannay
August 23, 2018

Though all but three of Robert Sidney's 332 extant letters to his wife Barbara Gamage Sidney have been in the Sidney family archive, they have never previously been fully transcribed or edited. This edition of the surviving letters, which Sidney wrote to his wife when they were separated for long...

Mary Astell and John Norris: Letters Concerning the Love of God

Mary Astell and John Norris: Letters Concerning the Love of God

1st Edition

Melvyn New, E. Derek Taylor
August 23, 2018

Given the progress made in recent years in recovering the writings of early modern women, one might expect that a complete set of the important works of Mary Astell (1666-1731) would have been reissued long before now. Instead, only portions of the thought of the 'First English Feminist' have...

The Hardships of the English Laws in Relation to Wives by Sarah Chapone

The Hardships of the English Laws in Relation to Wives by Sarah Chapone

1st Edition

Susan Paterson Glover
February 12, 2018

Susan Paterson Glover here presents, in modern type, a critical edition of the first printed work by an English woman writer, Sarah Chapone, on the inequity of the common law regime for married women. Glover's extended, original introduction provides an account of Chapone's life; a discussion of...

The Collected Works of Jane Cavendish

The Collected Works of Jane Cavendish

1st Edition

Alexandra G. Bennett
August 24, 2017

The first scholarly edition of the complete works of Jane Cavendish, this volume presents as complete a collection as possible of works and historical documents pertaining to a particularly compelling figure from the English Civil War. These include two manuscript poem and play collections, family...

The Correspondence (c. 1626–1659) of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester

The Correspondence (c. 1626–1659) of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester

1st Edition

Michael G. Brennan, Noel J. Kinnamon, Margaret P. Hannay
October 28, 2010

The letters of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester, dating predominantly from about 1636 until 1643, cover a wide range of issues and vividly illustrate her centrality to her illustrious family's personal and public affairs. These c.100 letters are here for the first time fully transcribed...

Women, Madness and Sin in Early Modern England: The Autobiographical Writings of Dionys Fitzherbert

Women, Madness and Sin in Early Modern England: The Autobiographical Writings of Dionys Fitzherbert

1st Edition

Katharine Hodgkin
October 28, 2010

A fascinating case study of the complex psychic relationship between religion and madness in early seventeenth-century England, the narrative presented here is a rare, detailed autobiographical account of one woman's experience of mental disorder. The writer, Dionys Fitzherbert, recounts the...

Elizabeth Tyrwhit's Morning and Evening Prayers

Elizabeth Tyrwhit's Morning and Evening Prayers

1st Edition

Susan M. Felch
March 28, 2008

In 1574, Christopher Barker published a volume of prayers and poems collected and composed by Elizabeth Tyrwhit, an intimate member of Katherine Parr's circle, governess to the princess Elizabeth, wife of a Tudor court functionary, and a wealthy widow. Later, Tyrwhit's Morning and Evening Prayers...

The Rival Widows, or Fair Libertine (1735)

The Rival Widows, or Fair Libertine (1735)

1st Edition

Tiffany Potter
August 28, 2007

Elizabeth Cooper's The Rival Widows, or Fair Libertine provides a unique opportunity to restore to scholarly and pedagogical attention a neglected female writer and a play with broad and significant implications for studies of eighteenth-century history, culture and gender. Following the adventures...

Lady Anne Halkett: Selected Self-Writings

Lady Anne Halkett: Selected Self-Writings

1st Edition

Suzanne Linda Trill
June 28, 2007

An in-depth examination of Lady Anne Halkett's writing is long overdue. Although Lady Anne Halkett is beginning to receive much warranted critical attention, to date scholars have concentrated almost exclusively on her autobiographical 'Memoirs'. Consequently, her extensive 'Select and Occasional...

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