Brilliana, Lady Harley (1598-1643)
British Library holds many unpublished letters from Brilliana Harley, as
well as from other members of her family.
Corpus of Early English Correspondence, compiled by the Research
Unit for Variation and Change in English of the University of Helsinki,
contains many of Brilliana Harley's letters, taken from the Lewis edition.
Roger. 1993. The Grand Quarrel. From the Civil War Diaries of Mrs Lucy
Hutchinson; Mrs Alice Thornton; Ann, Lady Fanshawe; Margaret, Duchess of
Newcastle; Anne, Lady Halkett and the letters of Brilliana, Lady Harley.
8 Vols. London: The Folio Society.
project’s seventeenth-century sub-corpus contains some of Brilliana’s
Thomas Taylor. 1854. Letters of the Lady Brilliana Harley, Wife of Sir
Robert Harley, of Brampton Bryan, Knight of the Bath. Camden Society
announced that a selection from some of Brilliana’s letters will appear in
Vol. 1 of Hilda Smith, Mihoko Suzuki and Susan Wiseman (eds.), Women’s
Political Writings, 1610-1740. 4 Vols. Pickering and Chatto, 2007.
History, Biography, Related Background
studies either discuss Brilliana and her letters directly, or make referential
use of her and her letters:
Atherton, Ian. 1991. “Viscount
Scudamore's 'Laudianism': The Religious Practices of the First Viscount
The Historical Journal 34/3.
Women, Religion & Education in Early Modern England. London: Routledge.
“The Popular Fear of Catholics during the English Revolution”.
Jacqueline. 2002. The Puritans and Roundheads: The Harleys of Brampton
Bryan and the Outbreak of the English Civil War. Aylesbeare: Hardinge
“Patriarchy, Puritanism and Politics: The Letters of Lady Brilliana Harley (1598- 1643)”. In: James Dabell (ed.), Early Modern
Women's Letter Writing, 1450-1700. Palgrave Macmillan.
Jacqueline. 1998. Women in Early Modern England 1500-1700. London:
Charles H. George, Katherine
The Protestant Mind of the English
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Margaret. 1988. Women in the First Capitalist Society: Experiences in
Seventeenth-Century England. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
and Rebels: Seven Nonconformists in Stuart England.
Macon, Ga: Mercer University Press.
the Male Body, Courtship and the Household in Early Modern England”.
History 84/275. 419-436(18)
Helen. 2000. Women and Romance Fiction in the English Renaissance.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Holmes, Clive. 1980. “The
County Community in Stuart Historiography”,
Kelly. 2003. "I have sent you a Glas of Eye Watter: Maternal advice and
Political Voice in the Early letters of Lady Brilliana Harley”.
Paper presented in a Conference on
and the State”,
University of Alberta, May 2003.
Devoney. 2000. British Women Writers and the Writing of History 1670-1820.
Johns Hopkins University Press.
Wallace. 1938. English Folk. A Book of Characters. London: Jonathan
Alison. 1998. Women all on Fire: The Women of the English Civil
War. Stroud: Sutton Publishing.
Russell, Conrad. 1990.
The Causes of the English Civil War.
Oxford, Clarendon Press.
John. 1998. English Puritanism 1603–1689. Houndmills, Basingstoke:
Christian Humanism and the Puritan Social Order. New York: Cambridge
Thanks': Politics, Networks and Civil War in the letters of Brilliana Harley
and Margaret Cavendish's Sociable Letters”.
Paper presented to the Margaret Cavendish Society, June 1999, Paris
and Politics in Cromwellian England”.
and the "Invention" of Public Opinion in the English Revolution”.
letters are either discussed directly or used as data in the following studies:
Early English 'his Genitives' from a Germanic Perspective".
Proceedings of the 2002 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society.
Cynthia L. 2002.
the development of a friend of mine”.
In: Fanego, Teresa, Maria Jose
Lopez-Couso and Javier Perez-Guerra (eds.). English Historical Syntax and Morphology,
Selected Papers from 11 ICEHL, Santiago de Compostela, 7-11 September 2000.
Vol. 1. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 23-41.
Raymond A. 2004.
Paston and Brilliana Harley: Maternal letters and the genre of mother's
Studies in Philology 101/4. 431-453.
do v. the do-less form in the letters of Lady Brilliana Harley”.
In: B. Odenstedt and G. Persson (eds.). Instead of Flowers: Papers in
Honour of Mats Rydén. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell.
David. 1992. The History of the English Language: A Source Book.
Merja. 1999 . “Collocational and idiomatic aspects of verbs in Early Modern
corpus-based study of MAKE, HAVE, GIVE, TAKE, and DO”. In Brinton, Laurel
J. (ed). Collocational and Idiomatic Aspects of Composite Predicates in
the History of English. Philadelphia, PA, USA: John Benjamins Publishing
2004. “Inside and out: Forms of address in seventeenth- and
Journal of Historical Pragmatics
Manfred. 2002. “Towards an analysis of pragmatic and stylistic features in
15th and 17th century English letters”.
In Peters, Pam, Peter Collins and Adam Smith (Eds.) Language and
Computers, New Frontiers of Corpus Research. Papers from the Twenty First
International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized
Corpora Sydney 2000. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 179-198.
writings as evidence for continuity and change in Early Modern English”. in
Watts, Richard and Peter Trudgill (eds.), Alternative Histories of
English Language. Florence, KY, USA: Routledge. 191-209.
Nevalainen, Terttu. 2004. “Three perspectives on grammaticalization, lexico-grammar,
corpora and historical sociolinguistics”. In: Lindquist, Hans (ed.),
Corpus Approaches to Grammaticalization in English.
Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
and female styles in 17th century correspondence: I THINK”.
Variation and Change
Margaret J.-M. 2000.
and real differences between men's and women's spellings of the early to
In: Dieter Kastovsky and Arthur Mettinger (eds.), The History of English
in a Social Context. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 405-439.
Margaret J-M. 2005.
study of request markers in English family letters from 1623 to 1660”.
European Journal of English Studies 9/1. 9-19.
give Brilliana's date of birth as 1600. I have here adopted the dating of Eales
(for additions, contact Margaret