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Perdita Manuscripts


The Perdita Manuscripts consist of the writings of women from the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Their writings were 'lost' because they exist only in manuscript form.

The full-text facsimile reproductions of these manuscripts bring together little known material from archives across the UK. Some of the women featured include Sarah Cowper, Mary Evelyn and Katherine Philips. The content of the manuscripts is varied and includes letters, biography, drama, notebooks, sermon notes, travel writing and much more.

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