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Absolute Margaret: Margaret More Roper And "Well Learned" Men, Peter Iver Kaufman Oct 1989

Absolute Margaret: Margaret More Roper And "Well Learned" Men, Peter Iver Kaufman

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This article suggests that Margaret More Roper's 1534 letter to Alice Alington is an important witness to Tudor ideas of patriarchy and the history of gender identity. In 1557 William Ras tell was the first of many to question not only Margaret's authorship of the letter, but also her acquiescence to authorities and opposition to her father. Evidence suggests, however, that Margaret was a part of Erasmus's humanist network of friendship, remained so after More's refusal to swear the oath and his imprisonment, and that her appeals to her father were genuine. By the time Margaret ...