Early Modern Women Poets (1520-1700): An Anthology

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Jane Stevenson, Peter Davidson, Regius Chalmers Professor of English Peter Davidson
Oxford University Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 585 pages
Early Modern Women Poets represents a complete reexamination of the field, based on extensive archival research in manuscripts and early modern printed books. While it contains lavish selections from important poets such as Aphra Behn, Katherine Philips, and Aemilia Lanyer, almost half of the material included is previously unpublished and uncollected. It aims to introduce the reader to a conspectus of the verse written by women from c.1520 to 1700, at all social levels from the verse of court elite to working-class women's aphorisms, libels, and charms. All genres of verse used by early modern women are represented; as are all languages in which women's verse survives: Classical Greek and Latin, French, Italian, English, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and Irish. Each woman's work is accompanied by a headnote which combines biographic information with some guidance as to the context, intended audience, and genre of her work. The collection is organized chronologically. It should be possible, as never before, to see what early modern women wrote, how they wrote it, who they wrote for, and what they said.
 

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Contents

Introduction
xxix
ALIA I
1
LADY MARGARET HOWARD née STEWART later
7
ALIS FERCH GRUFFYD AB IEUAN AP LLEYWELYN
13
LADY ELIZABETH TYRWHit fl c 15481582
17
FRANCES NEVILL née MANNERS LADY ABERGAVENNY
24
ANN LOK née VAUGHAN later DERING PROWSE
30
ANNE DUDLEY née SEYMOUR later UNTON with
39
one the morening the King was taken ill
285
HANNAH WOLLEY later CHALLINOR c 162174
294
MARGARET CAVENDISH née LUCAS DUCHESS
301
MARY CAREY née JACKSON later PAYLER fl 164380
309
ELIZABETH EGERTON née CAVENDISH LADY ELIZABETH
316
KATHERINE PHILIPS née FOWLER 16321664
325
A LADY KATHERINE PHILIPS?
333
FRANCELLINA STAPLETON fl 1655
340

ISABELLA WHITNEY C 1540after 1580
48
KATHERINE DOWE fl before 1588
61
NIGHEAN DHONNCHADH THE DAUGHTER OF DUNCAN
71
ANNE FIELD née VAVASOUR later RICHARDSON
78
née RUSSELL 15601616
84
ANONYMOUS c 16001625
92
ELIZABETH LADY TANFIELD née SYMONDES
95
ANNE DOWRICHE née EDGCUMBE fl 15891596
109
JANE SEAGER fl 1589
115
MARTHA PRYNNE née DORSETT later THROUGOOD
126
ELIZABETH CARY née TANFIELD COUNTESS
143
ISOBEL BEAUMONT with JOHN COLEMAN a servant
152
ELEANOR DAVIES née TOUCHET later DOUGLAS LADY
160
BRÍD INÍAN IARLA CHILLE DARA BRIGID ODONNELL
166
ANONYMOUS GENTLEWOMAN early 1600s
169
BAPTINA CROMWELL née PALAVICINO 159581618
178
MOR NIGHEAN UISDEIN C 1615
185
ELIZABETH BANCKES AND GEORGE JAMES 1616
195
CONSTANTIA MUNDA fl 1617
196
MRS BOUGHTON c 1600after 1650
207
ALICE SUTCLIFFE née woodhows fl 162051630
215
KATHERINE LADY DYER née dOYLEY c 16001654
222
JANE HAWKINS fl 1629
226
ANNE BRADSTREET née DUDLEY 16131672
232
HUNTINGDON b 1613
246
GERTRUDE THIMELBY née ASTON c 16156 1670
254
KATHERINE ASTON née THIMELBY C 162051650s
259
SEONAID CHAIMBEUL JANET CAMPBELL c 1645
267
LUCY HUTCHINSON née APSLEY 1620after 1662
276
AN ANONYMOUS WOMAN OF THE CLAN CAMPBELL
282
MARTHA LADY GIFFARD née TEMPLE 16381722
344
ANONYMOUS BENEDICTINE NUN OF CAMBRAI
358
APHRA BEHN née JOHNSON ? 16401689
364
JANE SOWLE fl 1680
391
DOROTHY WHITE 16301685
397
FRANCES BOOTHBY fl 166970
407
MARY MOLLINEUX née souTHWORTH 165195
413
MAREY WALLER later MORE fl 1674
419
JANE BARKER 16521732
425
KATHERINE COLYEAR COUNTESS OF DORCHESTER
431
ANONYMOUS IRISHWOMAN 436 ANONYMOUS IRISHWOMAN
438
MARY LADY CHUDLEIGH née LEE 16561710
439
DAMARIS LADY MASHAM née CUDWORTH 16591708
446
ANNE KILLIGREW 16601685
452
ELIZABETH BRADFORD née sowLE 16631731
464
LADY WYTHENS née ELIZABETH TAYLOR later
470
BARBARA MACKAY LADY SCOURIE fl 1660s705
471
LADY GRISELL BAILLIE née HUME 16651746
480
ALICIA DANVERS née CLARKE 16681725
486
CLEONE fl 1688
492
DELARIVIÈRE MANLEY c 167081724
501
LADY SARAH PIERS née ROYDON c 1670before 1720
504
ELIZABETH TIPPER fl 16938
511
ANGHARAD PRITCHARD née JAMES 16771749
520
AMEY HAYWARD fl 1699
528
ANN MERRYWEATHER d after 1702
534
Index of Titles and First Lines
565
Index of Authors
581
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Jane Stevenson is Reader in English at Kings College, University of Aberdeen. Peter Davidson is Regius Chalmers Professor of English at the University of Aberdeen.

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