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Elinor James was a publisher and political writer in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, as well as a tireless admonisher of monarchs and fervent supporter of the Church of England. Her tone has the stridency of the totally convinced. She wrote and printed over ninety identified political pamphlets and broadsides (more than six times as many as were known only a few years before the end of the twentieth century). It is highly likely that yet more will eventually be unearthed. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
About 1645 Elinor Banks or Banckes (later EJ) was born, probably in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 January 1681 The earliest known work by EJ appeared: a broadside entitled A New Answer To A Speech said to be lately made by a Noble Peer of this Realm. The tract which drew her ire was by a Whig. Bibliographic Citation link.
Spring 1687 EJ responded to published comment on James II's Declaration of Indulgence with Mrs. James's Vindication of the Church of England. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Shortly before 13 July 1719 EJ died after about nine years of widowhood; she did not make a will, having already given away her moveable property. Bibliographic Citation link.
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