Rivall Friendship, by Bridget Manningham (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies #575) (Paperback)

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By Jean R. Brink (Editor)
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The manuscript for Rivall Friendship was first acquired by the Newberry Library in 1937. At the time of the acquisition, the author of this seventeenth-century romance was anonymous. Scholar Jean R. Brink now suggests, based on dating of the manuscript and her analysis of its feminist themes, that the author was a woman. Specifically, Brink attributes the text to Bridget Manningham, who was the older sister of Thomas Manningham, a Jacobean and Caroline bishop, and the granddaughter of John Manningham, a diarist who recorded performances of Shakespeare’s plays. 

Rivall Friendship is a post–English Civil War romance that examines proto-feminist issues, such as patriarchal dominance in the family and marriage. Manningham is scrupulous about maintaining verisimilitude, and unlike more fantastical romances of the period that feature monsters, giants, and magic, this text aspires to a level of probability in its historical and geographical details. The text of Rivall Friendship is accessible to most modern readers, particularly to students and scholars accustomed to working with seventeenth-century texts.

About the Author

Jean R. Brink is a research scholar at the Huntington Library and an emeritus professor at Arizona State University. She founded and directed the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Brink is the author of The Early Spenser (1554–1580).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780866986335
ISBN-10: 0866986332
Publisher: ACMRS Press
Publication Date: November 5th, 2021
Pages: 672
Series: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies