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Mary Basset was a significant member among the band of sixteenth-century women who were classical scholars and translators. Only two of what are said to have been her many translations survive.
MB was born into a family already well-known in English cultural life.
William Rastell included in his edition of
The Workes of Sir Thomas More, Knyght . . . wrytten by him in the Englysh tonge
the translation by MB of the Latin section of More's
Treatise upon the Passion
, a section known as "De tristitia".
20 March 1572
MB died in
at not yet fifty.
Translating from Greek
Translating from Latin
Birth and Family
Two Short-Lived Marriages
Making her Will; Death
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