Elizabeth (Cavendish) Egerton, Countess of Bridgewater entry: Overview screen.
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Elizabeth (Cavendish) Egerton, Countess of Bridgewater, born Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, used to be known as a collaborator with her sister Lady Jane in poems and plays written in the 1640s. Recent scholarship, while arguing that her part in these juvenile writings was slight, has developed new interest in what she wrote during her married life: an ambitious commentary on every book in the Bible, and a series of prose meditations and prayers, deeply religious in tone, on topics ranging from Holy Communion to marriage, and including her emotional but faith-driven responses to her many pregnancies, and her children's illnesses and deaths.
1626 Elizabeth Cavendish (who later wrote under her married titles, both as Lady Brackley and as Lady Bridgewater) was born into a family of five surviving children.  Bibliographic Citation link.
1 June 1648 This date, which heads the future Countess of Bridgewater's collection of private prayers and meditations (now Egerton MS 607 in the British Library), may or may not mark the earliest of its contents. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1649 Elizabeth, Countess of Bridgewater, composed a prose prayer for her husband's twenty-seventh birthday. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 June 1663 Elizabeth, Countess of Bridgewater, died in bearing a dead son in premature labour, in a "Strange [that is unfamiliar] place,"  Bibliographic Citation link. Black Rod's House in London. She was visiting her husband, who had been arrested two days before. Bibliographic Citation link.
At some time after June 1663 After Lady Bridgewater died, a servant transcribed "True Coppies of certaine Loose Papers left by ye Right Honorable Elizabeth, Countess of Bridgewater. Collected and Transcribed together here since Her Death, anno Dni 1663". Bibliographic Citation link.
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