Bathsua Makin: Woman of Learning Frances Teague

ISBN: 9781611480900

Published: February 1st 1998

Hardcover

207 pages


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Bathsua Makin: Woman of Learning  by  Frances Teague

Bathsua Makin: Woman of Learning by Frances Teague
February 1st 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 207 pages | ISBN: 9781611480900 | 10.64 Mb

Bathsua Reginald Makin is an important figure in womens history. A child prodigy, she was thoroughly educated in classical and modern languages at a time when most women were illiterate. She was a middle-class Englishwoman who published her own poetry, established her own school, and wrote in defense of womens right to learning.

Not only did she publish but she was also a woman of great acquaintance who sometimes acted on her own to earn a living. She enjoyed friendships with prominent Protestant families like those of Sir Simonds DEwes and the Raleghs- with the leaders the English Comenian movement, like John Miltons friend Samuel Hartlib or her own brother-in-law, John Pell- and with other learned women like Anna Maria Van Schurman and Lucy, Countess of Huntingdon.

She lived in poverty, yet taught a countess and a princess. Historians of linguistics, education, and literature discuss her life and works. Unfortunately, the most basic facts of her life were not known until the 1960s: scholars thought she had grown up as an orphan, whereas she was the daughter of a loving schoolmaster- they thought she had written a pamphlet about debtors prison that is, in fact, someone elses work- they did not realize that she had published her first book, an extraordinary collection of poetry in many languages, when she was sixteen years old.

This biography gathers what is known about Makin, offers new materials from archival research, and interprets the events of Makins life within the context of womens history in seventeenth-century England. The facts about Bathsua Makin offer a glimpse both into the life of one extraordinary woman and into the problems that learned women faced in this period. Knowing about her life also helps to explain both what the works that she published mean and how she managed to achieve her reputation as Englands most learned woman.



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