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by Katie WHITAKER

Category: Classics
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Katie WHITAKER
ISBN: 070116929X
ISBN13: 978-0701169299
Language: English
Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 1st ed edition (2003)
Pages: 432
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Margaret Cavendish and the full-blown novel were made for each other, but the timing was at least 100 years ou. It may be impossible not to feel ambivalent about the Duchess of Newcastle.

Margaret Cavendish and the full-blown novel were made for each other, but the timing was at least 100 years out. It's mildly hilarious, in 2003, to see her admonishing herself - "The world hath already such a weight, Of useless books" - but characteristically she went ahead anyway. Whitaker conjectures that she was dyslexic, but it's pretty hard to tell when Cavendish declared that "it is against nature for a women to spell right.

Now in Mad Madge, Katie Whitaker rescues Margaret from this caricature, and gives us a complete picture as she really was - an imaginative, ambitious and pioneering woman.

She married William Cavendish, Marquis of Newcastle, and together they became part of the émigré royalist circle .

She married William Cavendish, Marquis of Newcastle, and together they became part of the émigré royalist circle that included aristocrats and the intellectual giants of the day, such as Descartes and Hobbes. In defiance of social convention, Margaret made her mark as the most determined and wide-ranging female writer of the age, and became Britain's very first literary celebrity.

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Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623 – 15 December 1673) was an English aristocrat, philosopher, poet, scientist, fiction-writer, and playwright during the 17th century. Born Margaret Lucas, she was the youngest sister of prominent royalists Sir John Lucas and Sir Charles Lucas, who owned the manor of St. John's Abbey in Colchester.

Mad Madge designed her own clothes and her coach was black with silver .

Mad Madge designed her own clothes and her coach was black with silver decoration. As John Evelyn wrote, gentlemen visitors were 'much pleased by the extraordinary fanciful habit, garb and discourse of the Duchess'. Born into an East Anglian royalist family in 1623, young Margaret Lucas went into Court service, accompanying the Queen, Henrietta Maria, to Oxford during the Civil War and sharing her hair-raising escape to France in 1644. In Paris, she met and married William Cavendish, Marquis of Newcastle, a great horseman.

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Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was Britain's first literary celebrity

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was Britain's first literary celebrity. When she published her first book in 1653, at the age of 30, she scandalised society. For God's sake, if you meet with it, send it me," one young woman begged her fiance. Katie Whitaker's book, Mad Madge: Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Royalist, Writer and Romantic, is published by Chatto and Windus, price £20, on August 14. Topics.

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doesnt Do You
We 21st century women should never stop being grateful for having been born at this historical juncture. So much of what we take for granted was denied to many, many women in history, as the story of Margaret Newcastle makes abundantly clear.

17th century women were supposed to be self-effacing and obedient to the males in their family --- fathers and brothers while unmarried, husbands after marriage, male children in widowhood. Any attempts at intellectual pursuits ---or any kind of personal achievement or merit outside the domestic sphere--- stood a serious risk of being ridiculed or scorned. Interestingly, it was other females who were sometimes the harshest critics of those who dared to flout convention.

But Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was not an ordinary woman. She was fascinated by the world around her --- colours, shapes, sounds, textures, human beings and animals, celestial bodies... she hungered for knowledge and information. By her own admission, she also yearned for approval and recognition. And, despite her poor education (common to most women of her time) and possible dyslexia or some similar problem, she was a prolific writer. She wrote plays, physics and philosophy tracts, memoirs, poetry, a biography of her husband. And, far from modestly circulating these works among friends, as other women writers did, she actively sought publication and recognition, sending her books to scholars and universities and debating with learned men about current discoveries and issues. Some considered her a wonder, some thought her an eccentric --- but there can be no doubt that she made an impression on many of her contemporaries.

In choosing the life of a 'learned woman' and deliberately turning her back on traditional female roles and activities, Margaret was lucky to have the continued encouragement and support of her much older husband, a royalist nobleman with similar intellectual interests. Indeed, like a previous reviewer said, her high social status and her husband's continued support ensured that opposition was never too outspoken or vocal.

The merit of her works is rather questionable --- I adhere to the opinion that, had it not been for William's endorsement of her books, she would have undergone humiliations much worse than the mild mockery and skepticism she sometimes encountered. One of the flaws of Katie Whitaker's otherwise painstaking essay is that it curiously omits any clear or balanced assessment of the value of Margaret's output. Margaret, who confessed that she (at least in the early years of her writing career) could not be bothered to read much, and whose scientific training was reduced to conversations with her husband and other noblemen who dabbled in physics and chemistry, did not think it arrogant to write lengthy books expounding on her opinions, or to debate with scientists and philosophers. One gets the definite feeling that she enjoyed writing more than she did studying. Certainly she is not taken seriously, either as a scientific or philosophical writer, by anyone today --- and her plays and stories don't seem to have made it across the centuries either.

Whitaker also chooses not to dwell on her greed and the avid and unkindly way in which she sought to deprive her husband's children of their rightful inheritance --- or on her harsh treatment of her husband's impoverished tenants, for that matter. These are barely mentioned, with no critical judgment. Yet I felt that, as the less appealing traits of an otherwise commendable woman, they should have been analyzed.

Another problem I had with this book (admittedly not the author's fault) was the extremely small and cramped print, which made it very difficult to read. It's a pity that such an interesting story should be disseminated in such a cheap, sloppy edition.

But my overall assessment of the book is positive. The story is well told --- and, whether or not her works had any real merit, or at least serious study behind them, the woman herself was no doubt fascinating. No less fascinating is the extraordinary husband who defied ridicule and contempt by his constant encouragement of her. The story of Margaret Cavendish is, in that sense, a moving story, and one that should make every woman grateful for equality and other things we take for granted. Especially since there are still, in our 'modern' world, millions of women who don't enjoy them.
the monster
3.5 Stars.

I knew nothing about Margaret, and she was definitely an interesting person. I did feel that this book was a bit too dry at times - I could have done without a lot of the very detailed discussion of their financial troubles. Even though I didn't love the book, I liked it enough that I'd recommend it to other fans of this era of history.
Agalen
Is the previous reviewer talking about the writing or the subject of the book? Hello! If you don't like the person you're reading about, then stop reading, yes she was pretty awful, but what about how it was written, what about the research, what about the author?
Great book, great subject! Read it, really!
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