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Author Chan, Mary.

Title Life into Story : Courtship of Elizabeth Wiseman
Published Milton : Routledge, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (162 pages)
Series Routledge Revivals Ser
Routledge Revivals Ser
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Women and Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1750 General Editors' Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The story and its significance; 2 The documents as historical data; 3 Marriage and the law in the 1680s; 4 The documents as evidence and as story; 5 Editorial; The Documents; 1 1686 The Journall of the buissness of Spencer as it happned in time; 2 Mr Chute's Relation; 3 Lady Wiseman's letter to Sir D. North Sept. 27 '86; 4 Lord North's letter to Lady Wiseman 1 Oct. 1686
12 The Lady Wiseman's relation concerning Mr Spencer. Oct. [1686]13 Copy of our first letter to Sister Wiseman at Brettenham, [27] Oct. 1686. (also 14); 15 From Lady Wiseman 2 Nov. 1686; 16 Letter to Lady Wiseman 6 Nov. 1686; 17 Sis. W's letter. Nov. 10 1686 received; 18 Discours concerning Lady W. 8 Nov. 1686; 19 10 Oct [i.e. Nov.] 1686 discourse with Lord North about sister Wiseman; 20 Letter from Roger North to Elizabeth Wiseman 10 November 1686; 21 Letter to Mr Oliver from John Fortescue 11 November 1686
22 Letter to Elizabeth Wiseman from Dudley North, Mountague North and Roger North 12 November 168623 Robert Foley somewhat touching Lady W. Nov. [13] 1686; 24 Lady Wiseman's letter to DN 8 [i.e. 15] Nov. 1686; 25 Copy of Sis. Wiseman's letter to Lord N. Nov. 15 1686; 26 Copy of Lord N.'s letter to Sir Hen. North 16 Nov. 1686; 27 For the Honourable Lady Wiseman at Sir Georg Weneev's hous in Brettenham 18 Nov. 1686; 28 Narrative upon delivery of the letter to the Lord North 19 Nov. 1686; 29 Letter to Lady W. 20 Nov. 86; 30 Lord North's letter 20 Nov. 1686
31 Robert Foley, somewhat touching Lady W. Nov. [22] 168632 Lady Wiseman to us 22 Nov. 1686; 33 Letter to Lady W 23. Nov. 1686; 34 Letter to Lady W. 25 November 1686; 35 An account of what past between me and Mr Spencer, and between Mr Spencer and Mr Chute as I had the same upon discours with him afterwards the same day viz., Thursday Nov. [25] 1686; 36 Letter from sister Wiseman 29 Nov. 1686; 37 Letter for Lady Wiseman 2 Dec. 86; 38 2 letters from an unknowne freind [letter 1, 4 December 1686]; 39 M.N.'s account of his visit 5 Dec. 1686; 40 The second letter [6 December 1686]
5 11. Oct. 1686. Memoriall Concerning sister Wiseman A Relation of what hath passed within my knowledg and observation concerning the pretences of Mr Spencer to my sister, the Lady Wiseman. 11 Oct. 16866 Lord North's letter to Lady Wiseman 13 October 1686; 7 Letter to sister Wiseman about Sir Jo. Thorold 14 Oct. 1686; 8 Message from Sir Jo. Thorold 16 Oct. 1686; 9 Memorandum of Sir John Thorold's visit. 19 Oct. 1686; 10 Narrative of Sir D. North relating to the Lady Wiseman 22 October 1686; 11 Copy of a letter to Sir G. Weneev, about Sr. Wiseman
Summary First published in 1998, this collection of letters, presented with scholarly introduction, notes and glosses, enters the debate on women and gender in early modern England as documents for the case of Elizabeth Wiseman, a wealthy widow. The letters and first-person narrative accounts relate to the courtship of Wiseman (neé North) by Robert Spencer in 1686-87. Widowed at the age of 37 in 1684 on the death of Robert Wiseman, she was left with a fortune of £20,000 and disliked Spencer so significantly that she made every effort to avoid him. These documents provide evidence for the circumstances and degree of agency over one's marital circumstances which could be expected and exercised by wealthy, late 17th century widowed women. Historians are provided here with a glimpse of the rich and complex texture of social life in the period. The participants were people of influence and social standing in London at the time, some with strong interest in the outcome of the discussion, and the letters provide an almost complete correspondence on the issue of courtship and marriage
Notes 41 Letter from Elizabeth Wiseman to Roger, Dudley and Mountague North, 6 December 1686
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Subject Courtship -- England -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
Elite (Social sciences) -- England -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
Marriage -- England -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
Elite (Social sciences)
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429814410