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Yet Mary Ward had her solution: ‘Mirth at the moment is subsequent to godliness’, she saw of 1 specific tight nook. while she did shuttle – crossing the Alps 4 occasions, often in wintry weather and during snow – Mary Ward retained a type of just right English interest which despatched her sightseeing in Prague and purchasing silks in Venice. She used to be significantly keen on ‘a high-quality view’, but stunned the trendy Romans by means of continuing walking all of the method to Perugia, donning outdated outfits and best a ailing sister on her personal donkey. in particular schooling, and the necessity for schooling in girls in the event that they have been to accomplish God’s paintings, aroused her fervour. ‘She was once an exceptional enemy of ignorance’, wrote a latest. 24 normally, if an English woman, despite rank, did obtain an outstanding schooling, it was once greatly a question of person success. Alice Heywood, Oliver Heywood’s saintly mom, made herself liable for sending the kids of her neighbourhood to college as a piece of charity, purchasing the ‘poor ignorant sottish creatures’ books. A maidservant may possibly develop into an comprehensive reader if she occurred to fall into the employment of a benevolent mistress, similar to Elizabeth Walker or Mary Countess of Warwick, either one of whom observed it as their evangelical accountability to train their maids to learn (so that they can at the very least learn the Bible and Psalms). A forlorn creature got here to Elizabeth Walker’s door, who merely knew her identify was once Mary Bun, ‘almost devour up with scabs and vermin, with scarce rags to hide her, and as blind to God and Christ as though she have been born and bred in Lapland or Japan’. Elizabeth Walker determined to save lots of her not just by means of stripping her, washing her and curing her of ‘The Itch’, but additionally via educating her to learn, in order that ultimately a wealthy farmer took Mary Bun as his apprentice. The ambitious woman Anne Clifford additionally extremely joyful in giving her maids ‘such a ebook as that they had now not before’. 25 therefore clever and forceful maids frequently characteristic prominently within the existence tales in their mistresses: as ‘Honest Dafeny’ Lightfoote, Alice Thornton’s maid inherited from her mom, who either may possibly and did write and have become accordingly the mainstay of the beleaguered Thornton loved ones after Mr Thornton’s demise as a bankrupt. ‘God hath despatched me a chum after my very own heart’, wrote Alice Thornton. Bess, maid to Sir Ralph and woman Verney, who followed them into exile in France on the time of the Commonwealth, learnt French simply. 26 an exceptional unfastened college or benevolent patronage or either may possibly account for unexpected suddenly excessive figures of neighborhood literacy. a up to date learn by way of David Cressy costs ladies as a complete (they aren't analysed via classification) as showing an identical excessive point of illiteracy as labourers and husbandmen; a determine of ninety in line with cent illiteracy among girls is given for London – the main beneficial sector – in 1600, declining in 1640 particularly sharply to round eighty consistent with cent; in East Anglia on the comparable interval woman illiteracy is given as approximately a hundred in step with cent. 27 The bills of the Russell family members headed by way of the Earls of Bedford at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, over a substantial interval throughout the 17th century exhibit that the abilities one of the maids diversified.