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Flesh and SpiritAn anthology of seventeenth-century women's writing$
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Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090233

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090233.001.0001

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Brilliana, Lady Harley

Brilliana, Lady Harley

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Flesh and Spirit

Rachel Adcock

Sara Read

Anna Ziomek

Manchester University Press

This chapter begins with an introduction to the letters and commonplace book of the Parliamentarian Puritan Brilliana (1598-1643), Lady Harley, whose works display a preoccupation with preserving her own spiritual and physical health, and also that of her family (particularly her husband and son). Harley was a relation of the poet Fulke Greville, a friend of Sir Philip Sidney. A short edited extract from Harley's commonplace book is included where she paraphrases William Perkins's The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience (1606) as ‘how the body troubles the mind’. Following this are transcribed a number of Harley's letters where she describes her illnesses, which including suffering from a miscarriage, and advises her family on their health, and writes about the gifts she sent with the letters.

Keywords:   Letters, Commonplace book, Parliamentarian, Puritan, Health, Fulke Greville, Philip Sidney, Miscarriage

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