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Elizabeth Isham, living unmarried in a gentry family in the earlier seventeenth century, left two unique pieces of life-writing: a year-by-year summary of major events in her life, and a connected narrative based on the same material, in which what happens is envisaged from the point of view of religious and spiritual life, with prayers interspersed. She also left manuscripts detailing her religious devotions and her practising of medicine.
28 January 1609 EI was born at her father's country estate, Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire, the eldest in a family of three. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
November 1639 EI, aged about thirty, completed her "confessions", apparently the fair copy of "My Booke of Rememberance", a memoir with generous admixture of religious meditation and prayer, which she had been writing since the previous year. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 April 1654 EI, still in her forties, died at her birthplace, Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
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