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The Diaries of Lady Anne Clifford Paperback – 28 Jan 2003
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In her diaries Lady Anne Clifford, the remarkable Stuart noblewoman, vividly documents both the great and the trivial events of her long life. They cover her life from her childhood days, when she witnessed the funeral of Queen Elizabeth I, to her last months, when she recalled her past life from her room in Brougham Castle. Through compiling and transcribing the manuscript records, D.J.H. Clifford here presents in one volume the full range of Lady Anne's life, from her active life at court as the Countess of Dorset (residing at Knole in Kent), her turbulent second marriage to the 4th Earl of Pembroke at Wilton in Wiltshire, and her final, long-disputed succession to her father's lands in Westmorland and North Yorkshire. The diaries are complemented by explanatory notes, family trees and illustrations. They provide both a historical record and a glimpse into the life and character of this noble and Christian lady, whose powerful presence is still in evidence today in the monuments and folklore of Westmorland.
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David J H Clifford is a direct descendant of Lady Anne Clifford, and this book was written as a result of his research into his family's history.
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As a literary patron, Clifford was connected with people like John Donne, Samuel Daniel, the Sidney-Pembroke family, and Aemilia Lanier. Lanier's poem, 'Description of Cookham', written about the house owned by Anne Clifford's mother where Anne was living, reconfigures it as a kind of proto-feminist female paradise - although there are interesting sub-texts to the poem.
Clifford was unhappily married twice, the second time to Philip Herbert, the son of Mary Sidney and one of the joint dedicatees, with his brother, of Shakespeare's first folio - and Clifford is interestingly forthright about her struggles with both marriage and her husbands.
These `diaries' give us a compelling account of Anne's life, and are another of those sites which contest nicely the idea that Renaissance women were `chaste, silent and obedient'.
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