Anne Clifford's autobiographical writing, 1590-1676

Anne Clifford's autobiographical writing, 1590-1676

by Jessica L. Malay

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781526117892
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 01/17/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

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

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