Collected Writings

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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This is the first modern edition and translation of the writings of the Neo-Latin poet Elizabeth Jane Weston (c. 1581-1612), the stepdaughter of Edward Kelley, court alchemist of Rudolf II in Prague. Turning to the composition of Latin poems as a means of seeking financial support for herself and her family after Kelley's disgrace and death, Weston became widely celebrated as the 'Virgo Angla' and was held in high esteem in the international republic of letters of her time. This collection of poems and letters written by her, to her, and, occasionally, about her, sheds new light on the possibilities of artistic self-representation available to women at the end of the sixteenth century. The core of the edition (which contains the Latin text along with a facing-page English translation) is Weston's Parthenica (c. 1608), supplemented by a wide range of individual poems found in various European libraries.The editors have identified proper names and allusions where possible, while leaving to others the task of evaluating Weston's achievement.

Readers of this edition will be fascinated by the evidence of a woman whose orphaned state seems to have enabled her to write freely and to be praised and published to a degree denied women under the tutelage of father or husband. This edition should be an indispensable part of the growing library of women writers in the early modern period.

Winner of the Josephine Roberts Award, presented by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

  

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ix
Book I
3
Catalogus
282
Manuscript Additions
304
From Poemata 1602
310
Carmen ad Rudolphum II 1601
322
Manuscript letter from Weston to Joseph Scaliger 1602
330
In Obitum Ioannae nd
337
Johannes Corber
394
Balthasar Exner 15761624
396
Hermann Fabronius Mosemann 15701634
404
Paul Fleming
406
Christoph Girsner
408
Daniel Heinsius
410
Joannes Petrus Lotichius 15981669
412
Bernhard Praetorius of Nurnberg 15671616
416

Vota MansfeldWartenberg marriage 1608
344
Ad Matthiam Secundum 1612
358
Other Tributes to Westonia
375
In beatissimum decessum Westoniae 1612
376
Johannes Bocatius
386
Andreas Calagius 15491609
388
Georgius Carolides 15691612
390
Johann Joachim von Rusdorf 15891640
420
Lambert Thomas Schenckel b 1547
424
Sir John Stradling 15631637
430
Frid Taubmann 15651613
432
Matthias Zuber 15701623
434
INDEX OF NAMES
439
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About the author (2000)

DONALD CHENEY is professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of Spenser's Image of Nature (1966), translator of Giovanni Boccaccio's Il Filocolo (1985), and co-editor of The Spenser Encyclopedia (1990). BRENDA M. HOSINGTON is professor at the Department of Linguistics, Université de Montréal. She is co-author of Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks, second edition (1996).

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