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By Michael G. Brennan,Noel J. Kinnamon,Margaret P. Hannay

The letters of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester, courting predominantly from approximately 1636 till 1643, conceal quite a lot of matters and vividly illustrate her centrality to her illustrious family's own and public affairs. those c.100 letters are the following for the 1st time totally transcribed and edited. The variation incorporates a biographical and historic creation, surroundings the context of the Sidneys' relations and political actions on the time of Dorothy's marriage to Robert in 1615 after which tracing the key occasions and involvements of her existence until eventually her dying in 1659. A key to the cipher utilized in the letters to conceal identities of people can be provided. Following the advent is the entire textual content of every of Dorothy Percy Sidney's letters to her husband, Robert, moment Earl of Leicester, and to and from William Hawkins, the Sidney relations solicitor, in addition to a number of others, together with letters from Dorothy to Archbishop Laud and the Earl of Holland. Her husband's account of her final moments in 1659, and testamentary instructions when it comes to her will, also are integrated. The letters are prepared in chronological order and supported by way of a sequence of footnotes that elucidate their ancient context and in brief to spot key members, areas, political concerns and private issues. those notes are additional supported via selective quotations from Dorothy's incoming correspondence and different comparable letters and files. A word list offers extra distinctive details on 'Persons and Places.' Dorothy Percy Sidney's letters eloquently exhibit how, in spite of her undoubted own efficiency and wise intelligence, the multifaceted roles anticipated of an capable and decided aristocratic early sleek Englishwoman-especially while her husband used to be occupied out of the country on legitimate business-were intensely tough and testing.

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