By Anita Pacheco Arturo Pacheco
This well timed quantity represents one of many first finished, student-oriented publications to the under-published box of early glossy women's writing.
- Brings jointly greater than twenty top overseas students to supply the definitive survey quantity to the sector of early sleek women's writing
- Examines person texts, together with works via Mary Sidney, Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn
- Explores the old context and regularly occurring variety of early smooth women's writing, in addition to the theoretical matters that underpin its examine
- Provides a transparent feel of the total volume of women's contributions to early sleek literary culture
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The household accounts of Sir William Petre of Ingatestone Hall, Essex, have numerous entries relating to the purchase and repair of musical instruments, as well as to visits by William Byrd and to resident musicians Richard Mico and John Oker. From 1558 to 1560 a Mr ‘Persey’ was paid ‘for teaching the gentlewomen to play on the virginalls’, presumably including the daughters of the household, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Thomasine and Catherine. It should be noted that music (as well as dancing) was not universally deemed suitable for young girls and women; in the opinion of some, such as Thomas Salter in his Mirrhor Mete for all Matrones (1579) and Thomas Powell in his Tom of All Trades (1621), it encouraged lasciviousness and other vices.
Furthermore religious practice was itself not conﬁned to the household. Women’s piety began with private devotions and household prayer, extended to the religious instruction of children and servants, and also looked outward to encompass charitable activities in the neighbourhood, and often participation in the godly community. Acting in arenas that extended beyond family, women might serve as patrons of the clergy, translators of religious texts, prophets and visionaries, sectarian ﬁgures, religious exemplars and lay teachers.
Busy about the reckonings . . busy preserving . . busy in my garden all the day almost . . all the day setting corn’ and so on. Sir John Oglander acknowledged his indebtedness to his wife Frances, who ‘was up every day before me, and oversaw all the outhouses; she would not trust her maids with directions, but would wet her shoes to see it done herself’ (C. A. Oglander, Nunwell Symphony, 1945: 39). Sir Hugh Cholmley reported in similar vein about his wife Elizabeth, who ‘went round her whole domain from hop-garth to hen-yard, from linen closet to larder’ (Cholmley, Memoirs, 1870: 30).