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Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle: A Glorious Fame

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle: A Glorious Fame [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Jones
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Margaret Cavendish was the first English woman to write specifically for publication and to consider herself primarily a writer. She cloaked her crippling shyness in extravagant dress and an exotic public persona. A feminist long before her time, she believed in sexual equality, criticised the role that society assigned to women and even questioned the institution of marriage. Although she, like virtually all women of her time, had little formal education, she wrote, with atrocious spelling, stories, poems, essays, ‘fancies’ and scientific and philosophical treatises. So controversial was her reputation that when she visited London, crowds lined the streets to watch her pass. She was a solitary, gifted and outlandish figure.
Margaret lived at one of the most exciting and turbulent times in British history. She was only a young girl when civil war broke out in England. Her family were Royalist supporters who lost everything - their house was pulled down by an armed mob and the family graves looted. Margaret’s mother was imprisoned and later died. Two of Margaret’s brothers died in battle. She herself became a fugitive, following the Queen into exile in Paris as one of her ‘waiting women’. Though Margaret was only the daughter of a gentleman, she caught the eye of William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle and - fearing the Queen’s displeasure - conducted a secret romance until they were able to marry. She lived with him in exile until the Restoration of Charles II in 1660.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Publisher: The Bookmill (18 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZDE7QO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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KATHLEEN JONES was born and brought up on a hill farm in Cumbria and now lives with her partner, sculptor Neil Ferber, in a small house in an olive grove in northern Italy while working on another book. She has been writing since she was a child and has published twelve books including seven biographies, a novel and a collection of poetry. She lived for ten years in Africa and the Middle East, where she worked for the Qatar Broadcasting Corporation. Since then she has written extensively for BBC radio and contributed to several television documentaries.

Kathleen was appointed as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in 2007. Her latest biography, 'Katherine Mansfield: The Storyteller' was published by Penguin NZ and Edinburgh University Press in 2010. A new 'Readers' Guide' to the life and work of Margaret Forster, called 'Margaret Forster: A Life in Books' is available as an e-book, and a novel 'The Sun's Companion' was published by The Book Mill in 2012. Her latest collection of poetry 'Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21', published by Templar Poetry, won the 2011 Straid Award.

She is best known for her award-winning biographies, but has also published poetry, feature articles and short fiction in a variety of national and international magazines and newspapers. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio and on radio networks in Holland, Germany and Spain. She was one of the featured authors in the recent 'Save our Short Story Anthology' compiled by the Arts Council on the internet. As a journalist Kathleen has written articles and reviews for the Independent, the Guardian, the Daily Express, and the TLS, as well as magazines such as SHE and Cosmo.

Kathleen Jones is an enthusiastic blogger, writing an on-line journal 'A Writer's Life' and a book review blog. She is part of the 'Tuesday Poem' group, based in New Zealand. Kathleen regularly leads creative writing workshops for fiction, poetry and life writing. In September each year she also tutors a residential writing course at Peralta in Italy with American novelist Mary-Rose Hayes.

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A fascinating story of a remarkable and scandalously unknown woman. Ms Jones must have done a huge amount of research to put together this work but it reads like a novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book 16 Jun 2014
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An interesting and clear account of the life of Margaret Cavendish and her importance in promoting the rights of women in an age when women were thought to be intellectually inferior to men. Ms Jones gives as much detail as she can, given the poor records, of the life of Margaret and her relationship to her husband, William Cavendish the Duke of Newcastle, but it is through the extensive excerpts from Margaret's poems and prose that the reader is able to understand her character and appreciate despite her faults that 'mad Madge' was a brave, thoughtful, occasionally eccentric women who pioneered the way for women writers and intellectuals in later centuries.
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This book fascinated me in so much that it gave insight into the struggles experienced by nobility during the civil war and their flights to the continent. Mainly it concentrates on the life of Margaret Cavendish which indeed is what it is all about. A woman's struggle to be taken seriously and accepted as a person in her own right. It whetted my appetite to research further the people referred to in the book. A good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering woman 8 May 2014
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I bought this book because I had read Cavalier, which was about Margaret's husband. It included Margaret, of course, because both of them fed off each others literary efforts, but didn't give me a sense of her real talent. This book did, to the point where it dragged, but I was glad to leave behind the contemporary views of her work, by men and woman who were appalled that there was a woman of their generation who actually wrote for publication.
5.0 out of 5 stars Women's Libber of the Seventeenth Century 30 Sep 2013
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I really enjoyed getting to know this woman who had the courage to expect to be treated with as much respect for her intelligence as a man. She was the Gloria Steinem of her day. A twenty-first-century gal in a seventeen-century time. I would like to read more about this woman.
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