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Women's Epistolary Networks, 1600-1700: Ireland and Beyond

Project description

The correspondence of the Boyle women

The EU-funded WEN project will examine how one family of seventeenth-century women corresponded across the European territories. Dating from 1605 to 1691, more than 350 manuscript letters survive from the Boyle women, the wife, daughters, daughters-in-law, and grand-daughters of Richard Boyle, the 1st earl of Cork. While the hugely successful landowner/politician Boyle and his sons have received considerable scholarly attention, the rich epistolary legacy of the Boyle women has remained largely unexplored. Spanning three different generations, the women’s extant letters offer a rare perspective on the gendered experience at a time of tumultuous change in Ireland and Britain. Transforming our understanding of the relationship between literature, history, and women’s writing, this study’s findings will be disseminated via a website, a major scholarly edition, a conference and a co-edited volume of essays.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00