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Women's Epistolary Networks, 1600-1700: Ireland and Beyond

Women and War

The Boyle women relied on their pens in war time: to voice their responses; to call for help; to assert their politico-religious allegiances, and to publicise their individual contributions. Surviving letters show how the women experienced and coped with besiegement in Ireland. Letters written immediately before and during the English civil wars also reveal how some of these female correspondents anticipated the potential fracture and sought to protect their relationships with other family members.