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By Sarah Hutton

Sarah Hutton units Anne Conway in her historic and philosophical context during this highbrow biography of 1 of the first actual English girls philosophers. Hutton lines Conway's highbrow improvement in terms of neighbors and colleagues, and files her curiosity in religion--which prolonged past Christian orthodoxy to Quakerism, Judaism and Islam. Her e-book deals perception into the private lifetime of a really deepest girl, and the richness of seventeenth-century highbrow tradition.

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1665, Hastings MSS, HA 14433. The benefit was, it should be said, mutual: the Conways in return looked after Heneage Finch’s affairs in Ireland. Hastings MSS, HA 14347 and HA 1439. Edward Conway to George Rawdon, 20 Feb. 1650, Hastings MSS, HA 14349. 33 Of Edward Conway’s education we know little. 34 The Civil War disrupted the tour of Europe on which he had embarked in 1640. From this we may conclude that he was not a man of learning. However, this does not mean that his cultural horizons were narrow.

As we shall see, he went to great lengths to obtain the best medical help he could for her. 52 His primary desire seems to have been his wife’s happiness and well-being, as he told his brother-in-law in 1670, when he had obtained the services of Van Helmont: ‘Wht benefit my Wife will receaue by it I cannot say yet, but I haue attained the satisfaction of doing that wch . is pleasing to my Wife in the highest degree. ’53 Even when his relations with Van Helmont became strained to breaking point on account of the latter’s Quakerism, Lord Conway was reluctant to act in any way that might hurt his wife.

Anne conway through her let t ers Apart from what we can learn from her friends and family, little is known about Anne Conway as a person, unlike her contemporary Margaret Cavendish, who adopted a high-profile approach in her self-presentation 67 68 Ragley Hall, designed by Robert Hooke, stands to this day. Building work started after the death of his wife Anne, and he made provision for its completion in his will. Lord Conway’s choice of Hooke as architect may have been the result of a recommendation from the Boyle family.

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