Margaret Hoby

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It is fair to say that the fame of MH 's diary rests less on its literary qualities than on its early date: no women's diary in English is known to precede it. It is a religious as well as a practical record. Though her interest in writing was not literary, MH was a skilful user of words: she wrote letters and abridgements of sermons.

Milestones

Shortly before 10 February 1571
Margaret Dakins (later MH ) was born, an only child; she was christened on this day at Wintringham in Yorkshire.
“FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Hoby, Margaret. “Introduction and Editorial Materials”. The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady: The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby, 1599-1605, edited by Joanna Moody, Sutton, 1998, p. xv - lvii.
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9 August 1599
MH began her diary, one of the earliest known in a European vernacular language, and the first extant one by an Englishwoman. The manuscript, probably incomplete, covers six years of her life.
Hoby, Margaret. “Introduction and Editorial Materials”. The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady: The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby, 1599-1605, edited by Joanna Moody, Sutton, 1998, p. xv - lvii.
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21 July 1605
MH wrote for the last time in her surviving diary.
Hoby, Margaret. “Introduction and Editorial Materials”. The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady: The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby, 1599-1605, edited by Joanna Moody, Sutton, 1998, p. xv - lvii.
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4 September 1633
Margaret, Lady Hoby , died at Hackness in Yorkshire at the age of sixty-two.
Hoby, Margaret. The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady: The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby, 1599-1605. Moody, JoannaEditor , Sutton, 1998.
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Hoby, Margaret. “Introduction and Editorial Materials”. The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady: The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby, 1599-1605, edited by Joanna Moody, Sutton, 1998, p. xv - lvii.
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Biography

Birth and Background

Shortly before 10 February 1571
Margaret Dakins (later MH ) was born, an only child; she was christened on this day at Wintringham in Yorkshire.
“FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Hoby, Margaret. “Introduction and Editorial Materials”. The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady: The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby, 1599-1605, edited by Joanna Moody, Sutton, 1998, p. xv - lvii.
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