English Women's Voices, 1540-1700

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Charlotte F. Otten
University Press of Florida, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 421 pages
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This collection presents an array of women's non-fiction writings from 1540 to 1700, its focus being not on females writing literature, but on the actual lives of women in society, described in their own words. The extracts are taken from diaries, letters, sermons, pamphlets, formal petitions, health manuals, trial records, biographies and autobiographies, and the book is organized around themes such as health care, religion, politics, marriage and education, adopting an approach that cuts across genre and chronology.
 

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Contents

Title page from An Essay to Revive the Antient Education of Gentlewomen
5
SUGGESTED READINGS
6
SUGGESTED READINGS
21
A Brief Description of the Notorious Life of J Lamb
29
A Vindication
41
Part Two Women Describing Persecution and Life in Prison
47
The Burning of Anne Askew John Lacels John Adams and Nicholas Belenian
53
The Life Death Actions and Words upon the Scaffold
61
Illustration from The Midwives Book
198
Page from The Midwives Book
200
To Dr An Answer to His Queries
206
The Countess of Lincolns Nursery
212
Part Six Women Describing Childbirth
219
SUGGESTED READINGS
228
Diary
259
Excerpt from the published diary of Elizabeth Freke
260

Lady Jane Grey
62
Once More a Warning to Thee O England
79
INTRODUCTION
85
SUGGESTED READINGS
94
Englands Fall from the Mystical Babylon Rome
100
Page from Loves Name Lives
106
In Pursuit of the King
110
The Case Between a Father and His Children
122
Lady Anne Clifford
133
SUGGESTED READINGS
138
Diary
158
The Mothers Blessing
168
SUGGESTED READINGS
182
Folio 16A from The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby
187
Autobiography
190
The Midwives Book
197
Living Testimonies Concerning the Death
266
Illustration from The Journeys ofCelia Fiennes
272
INTRODUCTION
277
SUGGESTED READINGS
288
A Ladies Legacie to Her Daughters
301
Autograph of Elizabeth Richardson
302
The Harcourt Papers
310
Some of the Letters and Papers
322
The Meditations
330
Heaven Realized
347
Womens Speaking3ustified
363
Title page from Womens Speaking Justified
364
Epistle from the Womens Yearly Meeting at York
379
An Epistle for True Love Unity and Order in
390
INDEX
417
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CHARLOTTE F. OTTEN is Professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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