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Writing the Way Out

Inheritance and Appropriation in Aemilia Lanyer, Isabella Whitney, Mary (Sidney) Herbert and Mary Wroth

Ann Margaret Lange

In the early modern period, there have been a vigorous debate in the public arena on the nature of women and their place in society. For instance, most women had been excluded from inheritance.
The author of this work is shedding light on how the notion of inheritance intrudes into the literature produced by women of the period.
She analyses the tropes of inheritance and appropriation as they are evidenced in the works of women from the upper strata of society – women such as Mary (Sidney) Herbert, the Countess of Pembroke, and Lady Mary Wroth, both scions of the renowned Sidney family – and also those produced by those from lower down in the social spectrum, such as Aemilia Lanyer and Isabella Whitney.

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Introduction............................................................................................. 10 CHAPTER 1 – Aemilia Lanyer ................................................................. 19 The Description of Cooke-ham ....................................................... 25 The Dedications ............................................................................... 44 Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum ............................................................. 86 CHAPTER 2 – Isabella Whitney ............................................................. 115 The Copy of a Letter ...................................................................... 122 A Sweet Nosegay, or Pleasant Posy .............................................. 129 CHAPTER 3 – Mary (Sidney) Herbert .................................................... 151 Even now that Care ....................................................................... 159 To the Angell spirit of the most excellent Sir Phillip Sidney ........ 166 The Psalmes ................................................................................... 170 CHAPTER 4 – Mary Wroth .................................................................... 187 From Pamphilia to Amphilanthus – A Crowne of Sonnetts dedicated to Love .......................................................................... 198 The First Part of the Countess of Montgomery’s Urania .............. 218 Conclusion ............................................................................................ 243 Appendix A ........................................................................................... 245 Appendix B ........................................................................................... 247 Appendix C ........................................................................................... 267 Appendix D ........................................................................................... 305 Appendix E ........................................................................................... 327 Bibliography ......................................................................................... 367

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