Early Modern Women's Letter Writing,1450-1700

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This landmark book of essays examines the development of women's letter writing from the late 15th to the early 18th century. It is the first book to deal comprehensively with women's letter writing during the Late Medieval and Early Modern period and shows that this was a larger and more socially diversified area of female activity than has generally been assumed. The essays, contributed by many of the leading researchers active in the field, illustrate women's engagement in ...

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Overview

This landmark book of essays examines the development of women's letter writing from the late 15th to the early 18th century. It is the first book to deal comprehensively with women's letter writing during the Late Medieval and Early Modern period and shows that this was a larger and more socially diversified area of female activity than has generally been assumed. The essays, contributed by many of the leading researchers active in the field, illustrate women's engagement in various activities, both literary and political, social and religious.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a valuable contribution to the fields of women's history, early modern British history, and the history of language..."—Carrie F. Klaus, Sixteenth Century Jourbanal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333945797
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Early Modern Literature in History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

James Daybell is Research Fellow in History, University of Reading.

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Table of Contents

Reaction, Consolation and Redress in the Letters of the Paston Women—Roger Dalrymple
• Letter-Writing by English Noblewomen in the Early Fifteenth Century—Jennifer Ward
• Commanding Communications: The Fifteenth-Century Letters of the Stonor Women—Alison Truelove
• Female Literacy and the Social Conventions of Women's Letter-Writing in England, 1540-1603—James Daybell
• Deference and Defiance in Women's Letters of the Thynne Family—Alison Wall
• Fighting for Family in a Patronage Society: The Epistolary Armoury of Anne Newdigate (1574-1618)—Vivienne Larminie
• "How Subject to Interpretation": Lady Arbella Stuart and the Reading of Illness—Sara Jayne Steen
• Tudor and Stuart Women: Their Family Lives Through Their Letters—Rosemary O'Day
• Patriarchy, Puritanism and Politics: The Letters of Lady Brilliana Harley (1598-1643)—Jaqueline Eales
• "Do not suppose me a well mortifyed Nun dead to the world": Letter Writing in Early Modern English Convents—Claire Walker
• Gentle Companions: Single Women and Their Letters in Late-Stuart England—Susan Whyman
• "Begging Pardon for all mistakes and errors in this writing I being a woman and doing it myself": Family Narratives in Some Early Eighteenth-Century Letters—Anne Laurence

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