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Mediatrix: Women, Politics, and Literary Production in Early Modern England

Julie Crawford


Mediatrix is about four interrelated communities in which politically influential women, or “mediatrixes,” played central roles, and the literary work they produced. The first focuses on Mary Sidney Herbert, the Sidney circle and The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia; the second on Margaret Hoby’s community of readers in recusant Yorkshire and the godly texts this reading kept alive; the third on the circle surrounding Lucy Harrington Russell, Countess of Bedford, and John Donne’s verse letters, occasional poems and Holy Sonnets; and the fourth on Mary Wroth, the Sidney-Herbert alliance, and The ... More

Keywords: Women, communities, political activism, militant Protestantism, limited monarchy, neostoicism, literary production, practical humanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712619
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Crawford, author
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University