By Katharine Hodgkin

a desirable case examine of the complicated psychic courting among faith and insanity in early seventeenth-century England, the narrative offered here's a infrequent, unique autobiographical account of 1 woman's adventure of psychological sickness. the author, Dionys Fitzherbert, recounts the process her disorder and restoration and describes quite a few delusions and confusions, interested in (among different issues) her relations and her position inside of it; her relation to faith; and the prestige of the physique, loss of life and immortality. ladies, insanity and Sin in Early glossy England provides in smooth typography an annotated variation of the author's manuscript of this strange and compelling textual content. additionally integrated are prefaces to the narrative written by way of Fitzherbert and others, and letters written presently after her psychological problem, which boost her account of the episode. The version also will provide a modernized model of the unique textual content. Katharine Hodgkin provides a considerable advent that locations this autobiography within the context of present scholarship on early glossy girls, addressing the overarching matters within the box that this article touches upon. In an appendix to the quantity, Hodgkin compares the 2 types of the textual content, contemplating the grounds for the occasional exclusion or substitution of particular phrases or passages. ladies, insanity and Sin in Early sleek England provides an enormous new measurement to the sector of early smooth girls studies.

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Women, Madness and Sin in Early Modern England: The Autobiographical Writings of Dionys Fitzherbert (The Early Modern Englishwoman, 1500-1750: Contemporary Editions) by Katharine Hodgkin


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