Margaret Cavendish, Wife

  • Julie CrawfordEmail author
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


Throughout her work, Margaret Cavendish made much of her status as a wife, particularly as the wife of a peer. Rather than seeing this assertion as one of gendered dependence on her husband, or as vainglory, this chapter argues that Cavendish understood her status as a form of political office holding, both literally, as a rights-holding political subject, and by analogy, as the consilium to the state’s imperium.


Marital Union Political Obligation Physical Opinion Marriage Contract Roman Historian 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English and Comparative LiteratureColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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