My First Booke of My Life

TitleMy First Booke of My Life
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsThornton, Alice, and Raymond A. Anselment
Number of Pages298
PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press

An early modern domestic and spiritual memoir, this volume depicts the life of Alice Thornton (1626-1707), a complex, contradictory woman caught in the changing fortunes and social realities of the seventeenth century. Her memoir documents her perspective on the Irish rebellion and English civil war as well as on a plethora of domestic dangers and difficulties: from her reluctant marriage, which sought to rescue the sequestered family estate and clear her brother's name, to financial crises, to the illnesses and deaths of several family members and six children, to slanderous criticisms of her fidelity and her parenting.

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