Acknowledgements Introduction: Nursing Mothers and Sanctified Sisters: Women's Political Behavior after the Restoration 1. Nursing Mothers: Dissenting Women and Opposition Politics 2. A Dangerous Woman: Mary Speke, her Family and the Puritan Gentry 3. Sanctified Sisters: Aphra Behn and the Culture of Nonconformity 4. An Incomparable Queen: Mary II, the Protestant International, and the Church of England 5. Devoted Daughters of the Church: Elizabeth Burnet and Mary Astell Conclusion: Stuart Women and Political Culture Appendix A: Poems on the Death of Queen Mary Appendix B: Sermons on the Death of Queen Mary Appendix C: Elizabeth Burnet's Recommended Reading List Bibliography Index
This compelling new study examines the intersection between women, religion and politics in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century in Britain. It demonstrates that what inspired Dissenting and Anglican women to political action was their concern for the survival of the Protestant religion both at home and abroad.