Bell in Campo and the Sociable Companions

ISBN-10: 1551112876

ISBN-13: 9781551112879

Edition: 2002

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Description: Written during the English Civil War and Interregnum when the public theatres were closed and Margaret Cavendish was living away from England in exile, Bell in Campo and The Sociable Companions are scathing satires that speak to the role of women's agency amidst this cultural tumult. In Bell in Campo, a group of virtuous women follow their husbands to war and, refusing to remain docilely out of harm's way, form an army of their own. The Sociable Companions details the struggles of four women from impoverished Royalist families trying to survive in a rapacious marriage market at the war's end.This Broadview Edition presents these two complementary plays together, along with supplementary materials on Cavendish's life, the participation of women in the combat of the English Civil War, the conduct of the Royalist military forces, and seventeenth-century social and marriage conventions.

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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Broadview Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Margaret Cavendish: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Texts
Bell in Campo
The Sociable Companions
Selections from Margaret Cavendish's Autobiography
The Purposes of Plays: Selections from Prefaces to Playes (1662)
Warrior Women and Royalist Disorder: Letters from the Front
Warrior Women: The Queen and the War
Marriage Markets: Selections from Margaret Cavendish's Sociable Letters (1664)
Selected Bibliography
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