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Neville, Frances


Subject Literature » Renaissance Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405194495.2012.x


Frances Neville, Lady Bergavenny (d. 1576) was a Protestant writer and compiler of prayers and meditations in prose and verse. Born Frances Manners, she was the third daughter of Thomas Manners, first earl of Rutland (d.1543), and his second wife, Eleanor Paston (d.1550). By 1554 she had married Henry Neville, fourth Lord Bergavenny (d.1587), and together they had one surviving daughter, Mary (1554–1626), who married Sir Thomas Fane. There is reason to believe that Frances Neville and her husband may have differed on matters of conduct and religious observation, for whilst her writings evince a strict Protestant faith, Lord Bergavenny was denounced by the Puritan preacher Edward Dering for ‘ungodly talke’, ‘unclennes’, and ‘riot’ ( Collinson 2001 ). All of Frances Neville's known surviving writings were published in Thomas Bentley's compendia of religious works by and for women: The monument of matrones (1582) and The fift lampe of virginitie (1582). ‘Praiers made by the Right Honourable Ladie Frances Aburgauennie’, a collection of 63 prayers and meditations, forms part of ‘Lamp 2’ of The monument of matrones , where it appears alongside religious writings and translations by contemporary Protestant women including Jane Grey, Katherine Parr, Elizabeth Tyrwhit, and Elizabeth Tudor. The full title claims that the prayers were ‘Committed at the houre of hir death, to the Right ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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