The Letters of Lady Anne Bacon

Allen, Gemma ed. (2014). The Letters of Lady Anne Bacon. Camden Fifth Series, 44. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Abstract

The letters of the learned and indomitable Lady Anne Bacon (1528–1610), mother of the philosopher Francis Bacon, are made accessible for the first time in this edition. Bringing together nearly two hundred letters, scattered in repositories throughout the world, her correspondence sheds fresh light not only on the activities of early modern elite women, but also on well-known Elizabethan figures, including her children, her privy councillor relatives, such as William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and controversial figures, including the Earl of Essex. Translations of Lady Anne's frequent use of Latin, Greek and Hebrew reveal the impact of her humanist education on her correspondence and a substantial introductory chapter allows a detailed picture of Anne's life to emerge through her surviving letters.

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