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Elizabeth Shirley wrote but did not publish what seems to be the earliest female biography in English to be written as a memoir of someone known and loved, although it is also, as the life of an inspirational nun by another nun, something approaching hagiography.
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By September 1566 ES was born, probably at Staunton Harold Hall in Leicestershire, somewhere in the middle of a family made up of four boys and two girls. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1616 or 1626 ES composed "The lyfe of our moste reverent mother Margrit Clement", the former prioress of St Ursula's at Louvain; it is probably the earliest biography of a woman written in English from first-hand acquaintance. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1 September 1641 ES died in her convent of St Monica's at Louvain in what is now Belgium: she was said to be seventy-five (in the "76th" year of her age) Bibliographic Citation link. at her death. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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