Margaret the First (Hardback)
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Margaret the First (Hardback)

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Published: 08/12/2016
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'I am as Ambitious as ever any of my Sex was, is, or can be; though I cannot be Henry the Fifth, or Charles the Second, yet I endeavour to be Margaret the First.'

When Margaret Cavendish addressed the Royal Society in 1667, Samuel Pepys recorded that her dress was 'so antic and her deportment so unordinary, that I do not like her at all'. And indeed, here vividly brought to life by Danielle Dutton, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional duchess is wholly 'unordinary', and all the better for it.

Exiled to Paris at the start of the English Civil War, Margaret meets and marries William Cavendish and, with his encouragement, begins publishing volumes of poetry and philosophy, which soon become the talk of London. After the Restoration, upon their return to England, Margaret's infamy grows. She causes controversy wherever she goes, once attending the theatre with breasts bared, and earns herself the nickname 'Mad Madge'.

Yet while scorned by many, to others Margaret is a visionary, and to later readers - including Virginia Woolf - she was to become an early precursor of feminism. She was the first woman invited to the Royal Society - and the last for 200 years - and the first Englishwoman to write explicitly for publication. Unjustly neglected by history, Margaret the First - as she styled herself - was a bright, shining paradox. Here, she is brought intimately and memorably to life, tumbling pell-mell across the pages of this exhilarating novel - an 'unordinary' portrait of a woman whose ambitions, and marriage, were often centuries ahead of her time.

Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 9781925228830
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“An extraordinary woman ahead of her time....”

This is the fictionalised story of Margaret Cavendish, a pioneering 17th century writer and wife of the aristocrat William Cavendish. This is not an ordinary historical novel ; it is clever, ambitious and intelligent... More

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“Margaret the First: an unusual book about an incredible woman!”

Who was Margaret the First? You may well ask, and unless you do some extra research this book will not really give you the biographical facts usually recited about this real person who endured exile and relative... More

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“This book may be short but it packs a punch!”

A fascinating portrait of Margaret Cavendish - whose ambitions and actions were ahead of her time. She was the first women to speak at the new Royal Society and the first Englishwoman to write for publication.

The... More

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