Brilliana, Lady Harley

Standard Name: Harley, Brilliana,,, Lady
Birth Name: Brilliana Conway
Married Name: Brilliana Harley
Titled: Brilliana, Lady Harley
Indexed Name: Brilliana, Lady Harley
BLH is remembered for her letters, written to her husband and son during a period of nearly twenty years in the mid seventeenth century. She also made translations, chiefly of religious texts, and kept a commonplace-book along similar lines.


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Family and Intimate relationships Anne Conway
He was of English and Welsh descent, a large landowner both in England and Ireland, and nephew of the letter-writer Brilliana Harley . His family's royalist allegiance had done them damage, but he energetically...


September 1643: Parliament entered into the Solemn League...

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September 1643

Parliament entered into the Solemn League and Covenant with the Scots, which committed them to accepting the reformed religion (i.e. Presbyterianism ) in Scotland and establishing it in England.

April 1644: The British Parliament passed an act against...

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April 1644

The British Parliament passed an act against a heathenish vanity, generally abused to superstition and wickedness—the erections of maypoles for spring dancing and revelry.


Lewis, Thomas Taylor, and Brilliana, Lady Harley. “Introduction”. Letters of the Lady Brilliana Harley, Camden Society, 1854, p. v - xxix.
Brilliana, Lady Harley,. Letters of the Lady Brilliana Harley. Editor Lewis, Thomas Taylor, Camden Society, 1854.