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Anne Clifford's autobiographical writing, 1590–1676

Edited by Jessica L. Malay

Anne Clifford's autobiographical writing, 1590–1676

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1788-5
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: January 2018
  • BIC Category: Autobiography: historical, political & military, Early 17th century c 1600 to c 1650, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women, HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military, History, Social & cultural history, Gender studies: women & girls, United Kingdom, Great Britain

Description

Anne Clifford (1590-1676) was a prominent noble woman in the seventeenth century. During her long life she experienced the courts of Elizabeth, James and Charles I. She fought a decades long battle to secure her inheritance of the Clifford lands of the north, providing a spirited and legally robust defense of her rights despite the opposition of powerful men, including James I. She eventually inherited the Clifford lands, and she describes her subsequent struggles to reclaim her authority in these lands still mired in the civil wars. Her autobiographies reveal her joys and griefs within a vivid description of seventeenth-century life. They reveal a personality that was vulnerable and determined; charitable and canny. Her autobiographies provide a window into a vibrant world of seventeenth-century life as lived by this complex and intriguing seventeenth-century woman.

Editor

Jessica L. Malay is Professor of English Renaissance Literature at the University of Huddersfield

Contents

Introduction
1 The Lady Anne Clifford's Memoir, 1603
2 Countess of Dorset's Diary, 1616, 1617 and 1619
3 The Life of Me the Lady Anne Clifford, 1589-1649
4 The Lady of the North, Yearly Memoirs, 1650-75
5 Countess of Pembroke's Daybook, 1676
Index

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