Amelia Lanyer and Mary Wroth, two amazing ladies.

8 Apr

Amelia Lanyer led a secret life one could say with her suttle affairs, and especially with Henry Carey “Hudson”.  I cannot belive that he actually paid her off when she became pregant, only at the age of twenty three.   Her family back ground was interesting as well; surrounded by musicans and some who played for the queen.  She later married her husband Alphonso who was her first cousin and seemed to have a decent life with him. One can see at an early beginning she was a fighter.  Through Lanyer’s life she fought for her own financial aid from the death of her husband and son and continued to battle in court against all odds.  I thought is was interesting that in her biography  they mentioned she was one of the first “pensioners” for women of the time, which is amazing to think about, despite her getting ripped off by her income. Also she was advanced for her time when she published a book arguing for “women’s religious and social equality”. Despite her critics and early hardships of being finanically unstable. Lanyer always had the drive to  move on.  In her later years she opened up a school and started teaching in a more modern way.  Her poems “Salve Deus Rex Judaerorum” and “The description of Cooke- ham”, was a quick and delightful read.  Lanyer’s life seemed interesting and unusual for a woman to develop so much will power for her time, considering the gender discrepancies she was faced with.

Mary Wroth had two things in common with Lanyer, she married her cousin and discussed the double standard between men and women.  When I read “The Countess of Montgomeries Urania” I felt like I was reading a modern version of a tabloid.  Her writing’s talked about events and scandal’s which hit close to home. Some of her characters were thought to be believed to be people she knew (which probably were) and continuted to get bad publictly because of that.  The idea of love was quite prevelant throughout her publishings as well.  Both Lanyer and Wroth were two incredible ladies, thinking outside the box and continued to make a statement in their publishings.  Both ladies were a treat to read and I loved both biographies on them.


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