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Strong Women: Life, Text, and Territory 1347–1645

David Wallace


Men have controlled the writing and keeping of books, in general, so women have long wondered: what will become of me, of the story of my life, when I die? It takes a strong woman, this book argues, to secure bookish remembrance in future times: to see her life becoming a life. David Wallace explores the lives of four Catholic women‐‐ Dorothea of Montau (1347–1394), Margery Kempe (c. 1373– c.1440), Mary Ward of Yorkshire (1585-1645), and Elizabeth Cary of Drury Lane (c. 1585–1639)‐ through their textual remains. All four shock, surprise, and deliberately court historical danger. Dorothea of Mo ... More

Keywords: women, Catholic, biography, medieval, renaissance, premodern, religious, enclosure, travel, recusant, feminist, Mulier Fortis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199541713
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wallace, author
Judith Rodin Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania