Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Moulsworth, Martha
Birth Name: Martha Dorset
Married Name: Martha Prynne
Married Name: Martha Thoroughgood
Married Name: Martha Moulsworth
It is hard to believe that MM
—a seventeenth-century woman who left a single, thoughtful, accomplished poem—was not a writer in a larger sense. One or two other poems might plausibly be hers, and she left a will with vigorous and sinewy prose—which is, however, no more remarkable than plenty of others.
The poem tentatively attributed to her by Matthew Steggle
in Early Modern Literary Studies in January 2001 was actually written nearly sixty years after her death by a different writer, Mary (Molesworth) Monck
Steggle, Matthew. “The Text and Attribution of ’Thou who dost all my thoughts employ’: A New Moulsworth Poem?”. Early Modern Literary Studies, Vol.