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The Gentlewoman's Remembrance: Patriarchy, Piety, and Singlehood in Early Stuart England

Isaac Stephens


A microhistory of a never-married English gentlewoman named Elizabeth Isham, this book centres on an extremely rare piece of women’s writing – a relatively newly discovered 60,000-word spiritual autobiography held in Princeton’s manuscript collections that she penned circa 1639. The document is among the richest extant sources related to early modern women, and offers a wealth of information not only on Elizabeth’s life but also on the seventeenth-century Ishams. Indeed, it is unmatched in providing an inside view of her family relations, her religious beliefs, her reading habits, and, most se ... More

Keywords: Elizabeth Isham, Patriarchy, Piety, Singlehood, Life-Writing, Autobiography, Gender, Family History, Reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781784991432
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784991432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isaac Stephens, author
Saginaw Valley State University