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Friendship's Shadows: Women's Friendship and the Politics of Betrayal in England, 1640–1705

Penelope Anderson


This book changes our understanding both of the masculine Renaissance friendship tradition and of the private forms of women's friendship of the eighteenth century and after. It uncovers the latent threat of betrayal lurking within politicized classical and humanist friendship, showing its surprising resilience as a model for political obligation undone and remade. Incorporating authors from Cicero to Abraham Cowley, and Margaret Cavendish to Mary Astell, the book focuses on two extraordinary women writers, the royalist Katherine Philips and the republican Lucy Hutchinson. It explores the ways ... More

Keywords: women's friendship, betrayal, Cicero, Abraham Cowley, Margaret Cavendish, Mary Astell, Katherine Philips, Lucy Hutchinson, friendship tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780748655823
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655823.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penelope Anderson, author