A Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing(Hardback) - 2002 by Anita Pacheco Arturo Pacheco

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Academies for the Daughters of Gentlemen It was during the seventeenth century, however, that a new kind of provision became popular, the ‘academies for the daughters of gentlemen’ (Charlton 1999: 131–41), thus widening the debate as to whether boys should be educated at home by a private 10 Kenneth Charlton tutor or sent away to the increasing number of grammar schools which took in boarders. When John Batchiler printed his The Virgins Pattern in 1661, in which he memorialized ‘the life and death of Mistress Susanna Perwich’, he dedicated it ‘To all the young ladies and gentlewomen of the several schools in and about the City of London and elsewhere’.

I might be set upon that evangelicall work of setting forth the high praise of God. Simpson had witnessed the sectarianism of the 1640s and considered joining the Independents. But after examining scriptures she decided that Independency erred in its interpretation of the covenant. ’ Women’s Spiritual Identities Internalizing traditional feminine virtues, women nonetheless managed to create their own spiritual identities in ways that reflected their unique experiences, education, family situations and circumstances.

Mary Aubrey, a cousin of the antiquary, also attended the school, and in 1675 Ralph Josselin’s two daughters Mary and Elizabeth arrived with their mother from Earls Colne in Essex. The Hackney schools were plainly well supported over the years by the prosperous parents of young ladies, but no records of the schools themselves have survived. Similar schools were started in the villages which circled London in the seventeenth century. Evidence of such schools in the provinces is scattered and equally lacking in detail other than that of their existence.

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