Elizabeth (Cavendish) Egerton, Countess of Bridgewater

Standard Name: Bridgewater, Elizabeth (Cavendish) Egerton,,, Countess of
Birth Name: Elizabeth Cavendish
Styled: Lady Elizabeth Cavendish
Married Name: Elizabeth Egerton
Titled: Lady Brackley
Titled: Countess of Bridgewater
Indexed Name: Countess of Bridgewater
Self-constructed Name: EB
Nickname: Bess
ECECB , born Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, used to be known as a collaborator with her sister Lady Jane in poems and plays written in the 1640s. Recent scholarship, while arguing that her part in these juvenile writings was slight, has developed new interest in what she wrote during her married life: an ambitious commentary on every book in the Bible, and a series of prose meditations and prayers, deeply religious in tone, on topics ranging from Holy Communion to marriage, and including her emotional but faith-driven responses to her many pregnancies, and her children's illnesses and deaths.


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Family and Intimate relationships Lady Jane Cavendish
The then Earl of Newcastle offered hospitality at Welbeck to Charles I on his journey north to be crowned King of Scotland: probably the first taste of court life for the children Lady Jane and...
Family and Intimate relationships Lady Jane Cavendish
Jane's sister Lady Elizabeth (who after her marriage in 1641 was surnamed Egerton and titled Brackley, then Bridgewater) was a junior partner in her literary pursuits and years later, after her marriage, the author of...
Author summary Lady Jane Cavendish
LJC wrote, in the middle years of the seventeenth century, nearly ninety poems (including occasional and political pieces, compliment, religious pieces and a country-house poem) and the better part of two plays: a pastoral or...
Textual Features Martha Moulsworth
The modern edition is edited and annotated by Robert C. Evans and Barbara Wiedemann . This is apparently the earliest known autobiographical poem by a woman in English. MM writes the story of her life...
Textual Features Lady Hester Pulter
Eardley argues that LHP is unusual among writers of poetry in her day because she seems not to have written for circulation even in manuscript, and because of the confessional element in her poems.
Pulter, Lady Hester. “Introduction”. Poems, Emblems, and The Unfortunate Florinda, edited by Alice Eardley, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2014, pp. 1 - 40.
Textual Production Lady Jane Cavendish
According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, LJC gave this date to the apparently earliest-written poem in her (and her sister Lady Elizabeth Brackley 's) manuscript collections which were transcribed by her father
Textual Production Lady Jane Cavendish
While his master was away in exile abroad, the Marquess of Newcastle 's secretary, John Rolleston , made at least two presentation copies for him of a collection of poetry by LJC (and her sister...
Textual Production Lady Jane Cavendish
Lady Jane Cheyne , formerly Cavendish, composed an elegy, On the Death of my Dear Sister the Countess of Bridgewater, probably quite soon after the event.
Cerasano, S. P., and Marion Wynne-Davies, editors. Renaissance Drama by Women: Texts and Documents. Routledge, 1996.
Textual Production Lady Jane Cavendish
Only the Bodleian album (Rawlinson MS. Poet 16), originally titled Poems Songs and a Pastoral, incorporates this comedy by LJC and her sister Lady Elizabeth Brackley . Its title-page of the volume has been...
Violence Lady Jane Cavendish
Welbeck Abbey, where LJC was based with both her married sister, Elizabeth , and her unmarried one, Frances , fell to Roundhead forces and for a year harboured a garrison of which they were virtual prisoners.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


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