As science, religion, and mythology meet in these poems, so do the public-political and the personal. Elegies lament both the violent deaths of royalist leaders Sir Charles Lucas
(elder brother of the poet Margaret Cavendish
, at this time Marchioness of Newcastle (in exile in Rotterdam), heard of the execution of her brother Charles
, and of the desecration of the graves of her mother and eldest sister.
Jones, Kathleen. A Glorious Fame: The Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, 1623-1673. Bloomsbury, 1988.
Royalists commanded by Sir Charles Lucas
were besieged in Colchester by parliamentarian forces under Sir Thomas Fairfax