Miss Pym and a Friend

Miss Pym and a Friend

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Anne Boelyn Calls herself a Gentlewoman

Below is an interesting quote, from one of my favorite Excellent Women: “Commend me to His Majesty and tell him that he hath ever been consistent in his career of advancing me; from a private gentlewoman he made me a marchioness, from a marchioness a queen and now that he hath left no other degree of honour he gives my innocence the crown of martyrdom” (Lofts 177). This is one of the earliest uses of the term "gentlewoman" I have found.

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