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Bell in Campo and the Sociable Companions / Edition 1
     

Bell in Campo and the Sociable Companions / Edition 1

by Margaret Cavendish, Alexandra G. Bennett
 

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ISBN-10: 1551112876

ISBN-13: 9781551112879

Pub. Date: 02/18/2002

Publisher: Broadview Press

Written during the English Civil War and Interregnum when the public theatres were closed and Margaret Cavendish was living away from England in exile, Bell in Campo and The Sociable Companions are scathing satires that speak to the role of women’s agency amidst this cultural tumult. In Bell in Campo, a group of virtuous women

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Written during the English Civil War and Interregnum when the public theatres were closed and Margaret Cavendish was living away from England in exile, Bell in Campo and The Sociable Companions are scathing satires that speak to the role of women’s agency amidst this cultural tumult. In Bell in Campo, a group of virtuous women follow their husbands to war and, refusing to remain docilely out of harm’s way, form an army of their own. The Sociable Companions details the struggles of four women from impoverished Royalist families trying to survive in a rapacious marriage market at the war’s end.

This Broadview Edition presents these two complementary plays together, along with supplementary materials on Cavendish’s life, the participation of women in the combat of the English Civil War, the conduct of the Royalist military forces, and seventeenth-century social and marriage conventions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551112879
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
02/18/2002
Series:
Broadview Literary Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Margaret Cavendish: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Bell in Campo

The Sociable Companions

Appendix A: Selections from Margaret Cavendish’s Autobiography
Appendix B: The Purposes of Plays: Selections from Prefaces to Playes (1662)
Appendix C: Warrior Women and Royalist Disorder: Letters from the Front
Appendix D: Warrior Women: The Queen and the War
Appendix E: Marriage Markets: Selections from Margaret
Cavendish’s Sociable Letters (1664)

Selected Bibliography

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