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As an early seventeenth-century writer of tragedy Elizabeth Cary, Viscountess Falkland, has an important place in literary history, though her play, like her first translation, was done when she was almost a child. She herself probably valued more highly her geographical, biographical and theological works, both translated and original. Her Edward II extraordinarily blends history, drama, and political commentary.
1585-6 Elizabeth Tanfield (later Viscountess Falkland) was born at her father's house in Burford, Oxfordshire: either Burford Priory, or the earlier, "relatively modest" Bibliographic Citation link. home in Sheep Street. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably 1597; before autumn 1602 The teenage Elizabeth Tanfield made a translation, "The mirror of the Worlde translated / Out of French into Englishe / by E. T.", from the geographer Abraham Ortelius. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1602-1608 Elizabeth Cary probably composed The Tragedie of Mariam between the dates of her marriage and beginning to live with her husband. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 December 1612 Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedie of Mariam, the Faire Queene of Jewry was licensed by the Stationers' Company; it was printed in 1613. Bibliographic Citation link.
1630 Elizabeth Cary Falkland's Reply of the Most Illustrious Cardinall of Perron appeared in print at Douai: the only part of her translation from Cardinal Perron to be published. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
October 1639 Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland, died of tuberculosis, in the Catholic religion, and in her daughter's words "without any agony quietly as a child, being wholly spent by her disease." Bibliographic Citation link.
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