The Private Life of An Elizabethan Lady

The Private Life of An Elizabethan Lady

The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby, 1599-1605

Book - 1998
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Lady Margaret was the only daughter and heiress of a wealthy landowner. She was married first to Walter Devereus, brother of Robert, Earl of Essex (favourite of Elizabeth I) then to Thomas Sidney, brother of the great Renaissance poet and courtier Sir Philip Sidney, and finally to the Puritan Sir Thomas Posthumous Hoby. This diary covers the period 1599-1605, when she lived on her estate in North Yorkshire, and records Lady Margaret's spiritual endeavours, the life of her househould and such great events as the legal case in Star Chamber which took the Hobys to London.
Publisher: Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 1998.
ISBN: 9780750913492
Branch Call Number: 921 H684
Characteristics: lvii, 254 p. : ill., maps, facsims. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Moody, Joanna


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Nov 11, 2010

No gossip in these diary entries . Daily prayer and intropspection are central to Lady Hoby's life, and her entries centre around this, her managing a large house and estate and her role as sometimes healer to the injured and ill on her estate. The extensive and detailed introduction by the author as well as her many footnotes shed a bright light on the life of well-to-do women of this period... how the inheritance system worked, how marriages were arranged, how women spent their time. A highly readable and informative book.

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