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A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen
Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650





ISBN 9780754669005
Published November 7, 2016 by Routledge
630 Pages - 57 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

From the exemplary to the notorious to the obscure, this comprehensive and innovative encyclopedia showcases the worthy women of early modern England. Poets, princesses, or pirates, the women of power and agency found in these pages are indeed worth knowing, and this volume will introduce many female figures to even the most established scholars in early modern studies. Rather than using the conventional alphabetical format of the standard biographical encyclopedia, this volume is divided into categories of women. Since many women will fit in more than one category, each woman is placed in the category that best exemplifies her life, and is cross referenced in other appropriate sections. This structure makes the book an interesting read for seasoned scholars of early modern women, while students need not already be familiar with these subjects in order to benefit from the text. Another unusual feature of this reference work is that each entry begins with some incident from the woman’s life that is particularly exciting or significant. Some entries are very brief while others are extensive. Each includes a source listing. The book is well illustrated and liberally sprinkled with quotations of the time either by or about the women in the text.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS





LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS



PREFACE



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS





1. ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, AND ENTERTAINERS



Beale, Mary Cradock Beale



Horenbout, Susanna Horenbout [Horenbolte] Parker Gilman



Inglis, Esther Inglis Kello



Jane the Fool



Perwich, Susanna Perwich



Teerlinc, Levina Benninck Teerlinc



Thomasina



2. CRIMINALS



Abbott, Elizabeth Abbott



Arden, Alice Arden



Barnes, Elizabeth Barnes



Baynton, Mary Baynton



Bridgestone, Ann Bridgestone



Brigge, Mabel Brigge



Bulmer, Margaret Cheyne Bulmer



Caldwell, Elizabeth Caldwell



Chamber, Rebecca Chamber



Champion, Mary Champion



Clarke, Alice Clarke



Cowland, Alice Cowland



Crofte, Elizabeth Crofte



Davis, Alice Davis



Davy, Margaret Davy [Davie]



Dell, Annis Dell



Downes, Katherine Stamfort Downes



Drewry, Anne Drewry [Drewie, Calfield]



Evans, Elizabeth Evans ["Canberry Bess"]



Ferneseede, Margaret Ferneseede



Ferrers, Katherine Ferrers Fanshawe



Francis, Katherine Francis



Frith, Mary Frith ["Moll Cutpurse"]



Greene, Anne Greene



Gunter, Anne Gunter



Hamton, Anne Hamton



Hattersley, Jane Hattersley



Hayward, Petronella Brightred Hayward



Helliker, Joan Helliker



Howard, Frances Howard Devereux Carr, Countess of Essex and Somerset



Hungerford, Agnes Cotell Hungerford



Lake, Mary Ryder Lake



Osborne, Mary Osborne



Page, Eulalia Glanfield Page



Pendleton, Ellen Pendleton Floder



Phelps, Judith Phelps



Rodney, Anne Lake Cecil Rodney, Lady Ros



Saunders, Anne Saunders



Scambler, Martha Scambler



Throckmorton, Frances Brydges Throckmorton



Turner, Ann Norton Turner



Vincent, Margaret Vincent



Wallen, Anne Wallen<

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Editor(s)

Biography

Carole Levin is Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska, USA.



Anna Riehl Bertolet is Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, USA.



Jo Eldridge Carney is Professor of English at The College of New Jersey, USA.