Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Wife of William Cavendish, the 1st Duke.
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The lady appears to have been a noted eccentric (delighted in designing her own clothes with scant regard for accepted fashion, the more fanciful the better) who was dubbed "Mad Madge of Newcastle."
Biography of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle upon Tyne (c. 1623-1673) with an image
Anent: a noted eccentric
The Duchess, quoting herself in 'The Blazing World':
"...for my nature is such that I had rather appear worse in singularity than better in the mode."
Not a bad read by the way.
This lady was daughter of Thomas Luca, esq. and sister of sir John, afterwards the first lord Lucas, and second wife of William Cavendish, duke of Newcastle. If her merit as an author were to be estimated from the quantity of her works, she would have the precedence of all female writers, ancient or modern. There are no less than thirteen folios of her writing; ten of which are in print: they consist chiefly of poems and plays. The life of the duke her husband, is the most estimable of her productions. This has been translated into Latin. James Bristow, of Corpus Christi college in Oxford, undertook to translate a volume of her philosophical works into the same language; but he was soon forced to desist from the undertaking. Such was the obscurity and perplexity of the subject, that he could not find words where he had no ideas. We are greatly surprised that a lady of her quality should have written so much; and are little less surprised that one who loved writing so well, has writ no better: but what is most to be wondered at, is, that she, who found so much time for writing, could acquit herself in the several duties and relations of life, with so much propriety. Ob. 1673.---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1775.
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