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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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Women and Latin in Early Modern England

Women and Latin in Early Modern England

(p.368) 14 Women and Latin in Early Modern England
Women Latin Poets

Jane Stevenson (Contributor Webpage)

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In 17th century England, women's Latin learning acquired a new utility since gentry-level women might find themselves impoverished by the Civil War. Some found that Latin gave them access to paid work. At the level of the court, Latin was out of fashion, but the educated provincial gentry continued to teach daughters Latin. Nuns, particularly Benedictines and Wardists, also studied Latin, and there is also some evidence for Irish women learning Latin. Women continued to study Latin in the 18th century, but learned women were increasingly anxious to conceal their learning.

Keywords:   women as educators, provincial gentry, court culture, Benedictine nuns, Mary Ward, Bathsua Makin, bluestockings, Elizabeth Carter, Hannah Thrale, girls' schools

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