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The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works & Printed Writings, 1500-1640: Series I, Part Two


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The Poets, Isabella Whitney, Anne Dowriche, Elizabeth Melville [Colville], Aemilia Lanyer, Rachel Speght, Diane Primrose and Anne, Mary and Penelope Grey: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 10

The Poets, Isabella Whitney, Anne Dowriche, Elizabeth Melville [Colville], Aemilia Lanyer, Rachel Speght, Diane Primrose and Anne, Mary and Penelope Grey: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 10

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Betty S. Travitsky, Susanne Woods
January 11, 2002

Isabella Whitney is the earliest Englishwoman known to have written original secular poetry in English for publication. The Copy of a Letter contains four poems written in the personae of persons jilted in love. The only known copy of this volume is held at the Bodleian Library and is reproduced...

Elizabeth and Mary Tudor: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 5

Elizabeth and Mary Tudor: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 5

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Anne Lake Prescott
December 21, 2001

The two translators whose printed works are contained in this volume were the daughters of Henry VIII. Whilst they both suffered from their father's changes of wives and faiths, after his marriage in 1543 to Katherine Parr they both benefited from their new stepmother's kindness. In different ways,...

Mother’s Advice Books: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 8

Mother’s Advice Books: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 8

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Betty S. Travitsky
October 24, 2001

Early modern works of advice can be typified by a number of texts by Erasmus falling into a variety of categories: advice on family conduct; manners; study plans and piety. A close relation to these works of advice was the parental advice book, usually written by a father to his son. It was not...

Brief Confessional Writings: Grey, Stubbes, Livingstone, Clarksone: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 2

Brief Confessional Writings: Grey, Stubbes, Livingstone, Clarksone: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 2

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Mary Ellen Lamb
October 23, 2001

The works by the four protestant women authors collected in this volume participate in the ars moriandi (art of dying) tradition which became increasingly powerful over the 16th and 17th centuries. The moment of death was thought to reveal the ’true’ state of the individual’s soul. This volume...

Early Tudor Translators: Margaret Beaufort, Margaret More Roper and Mary Basset: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 4

Early Tudor Translators: Margaret Beaufort, Margaret More Roper and Mary Basset: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 4

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Lee Cullen Khanna
August 28, 2001

This volume presents the texts of three Englishwomen remarkable both for writing and publishing their work during the first half of the sixteenth century. They also proved themselves nimble survivors of political and religious turmoil, Beaufort suffering for her Lancastrian connections and Roper...

Protestant Translators: Anne Lock Prowse and Elizabeth Russell: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 12

Protestant Translators: Anne Lock Prowse and Elizabeth Russell: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 12

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Elaine V. Beilin
July 05, 2001

As writers strongly committed to the Reformation, Anne Lock Prowse and Elizabeth Russell translated works which they believed were doctrinally useful for their Protestant readers. Lock translated Calvin’s four sermons from French, dedicating the work to Katharine, Duchess of Suffolk. These were...

Anne, Margaret and Jane Seymour: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 6

Anne, Margaret and Jane Seymour: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 6

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Brenda Hosington
August 14, 2000

Despite the fame their work brought them, and despite the importance of their parents in mid-Tudor England, relatively little is known of the lives of Anne, Margaret and Jane Seymour - daughters of Anne Stanhope and the Duke of Somerset. In 1550, aged roughly eighteen, sixteen and nine, these three...

Recusant translators: Elizabeth Cary and Alexia Grey: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 13

Recusant translators: Elizabeth Cary and Alexia Grey: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 13

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Frances E. Dolan
July 21, 2000

At a time when England was an officially Protestant country to translate Catholic works, thereby helping to propagate the faith, was a brave act and to actually identify oneself in print, as did Cary, as ’a Catholique, and a woman’ was a risky assertion of political opposition. One of Cary’s...

Neo-Latin Women Writers: Elizabeth Jane Weston and Bathsua Reginald (Makin): Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 7

Neo-Latin Women Writers: Elizabeth Jane Weston and Bathsua Reginald (Makin): Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 7

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Donald Cheney
July 19, 2000

This volume contains the work of the only two Renaissance Englishwomen known to have published collections (as opposed to compilations) of their Latin poetry. Elizabeth Jane Weston lived in Prague as a child, her stepfather being alchemist to Rudolph II. Her stepfather's disgrace, imprisonment and...

Eleanor Davies: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 3

Eleanor Davies: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 3

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Teresa Feroli
July 19, 2000

Little is known of the upbringing of Lady Eleanor Davies, what is known is that her life was mired in both flamboyant personal conflict and in the notoriety of the Castlehaven scandal (resulting in the execution of her brother), and that her writings were embroiled in political affairs. Married in...

Anne Cooke Bacon: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 1

Anne Cooke Bacon: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 1

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Valerie Wayne
July 19, 2000

Anne Cooke Bacon was highly educated and was known for her ability to read Latin, Greek, Italian and French. She married Sir Nicholas Bacon, Queen’s Keeper of the Great Seal and a member of Elizabeth’s Privy Council. The directions of the new Church of England were heavily influenced by her husband...

The Poets, II: Mary Fage: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 11

The Poets, II: Mary Fage: Printed Writings 1500–1640: Series I, Part Two, Volume 11

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Betty S.Travitsky
July 19, 2000

The dates of Mary Fage are not known, it is assumed however that she was flourishing around 1637. Fames Roule comprises a series of over 400 acrostic verses, each containing an anagram and each addressed to one of the noble and powerful of Caroline England. As such it constitutes a verbal salute to...

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