By (author) Katie Whitaker
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Mad Madge by Katie Whitaker
Book Description"The biographer's true gifts shine. Rarely has a distant century felt so immediate, its quirks and glories so vivid."-- Washington Times . Margaret Cavendish's life as a writer and noblewoman unfolded against the backdrop of the English Civil War and Restoration. Pursuing the only career open to women of her class, she became a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Henrietta Maria. Exiled to Paris with the Queen, she met and married William Cavendish, Marquis of Newcastle. In exile, Margaret did something unthinkable for a seventeenth-century Englishwoman: she lived proudly as a writer. Eventually she published twenty-three volumes, starting with Poems and Fancies , the first book of English poetry published by a woman under her own name. But later generations too easily accepted the disparaging opinions of her shocked critics, and labeled her "Mad Madge of Newcastle." Mad Madge is both a lively biography of a fascinating woman and a window on a tumultuous cultural time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465091645
(204mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Born into an East Anglian royalist family in 1623, young Margaret Lucas went into Court service, accompanying the Queen, Henrietta Maria, to Oxford during the Civil War and sharing her hair-raising escape to France in 1644. This title tells us the story of Margaret Cavendish.
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Author Biography - Katie Whitaker
Katie Whitaker received an MA in philosophy from the University of Chicago. She received a Ph.D. in the history of science at Cambridge, where she was awarded the Thirlwall Prize and Medal in 1997 for the best original historical research by a Cambridge scholar under thirty. She lives in Yorkshire, England.
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