Fit Words at the "Pitts Brinke": The Achievement of Elizabeth Isham
Elizabeth Isham's "Booke of Rememberance" illuminates the inner life of an early modern Englishwoman who chose not to marry, and shows the importance of books to seventeenth-century women confronting illness and melancholy. Isham's habit from youth of copying passages from reading that might suit her own and others' needs for comfort prepared her to fit textual fragments together for her own healing. Anne Cotterill shows how Isham's learning and application of scripture, as part of a lifelong conversation with God and search for spiritual assurance, became compelling nourishment for her intellectual and emotional life.
Cotterill, Anne. "Fit Words at the "Pitts Brinke": The Achievement of Elizabeth Isham." Huntington Library Quarterly (2010): 225-248.
English and Technical Communication
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Biblical commonplacing; Early modern women diarists and memoirists; John Dod; John Dryden; Northamptonshire
1600 - 1700
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