Archives Départementales du Nord, Lille, France

MS 20H9

Copy, predominantly in the hand of Lady Falkland's daughter Lucy, with emendations and additions in at least three other hands, including her daughters Mary and Anne and her son Patrick, 48 quarto leaves, in contemorary pasteboard. c.1645-49.

CaE 61: Elizabeth Cary, Viscountess Falkland, The Lady Falkland: Her Life

Originally in the library of the English Benedictine monastery Our Lady of Consolation, Cambrai, France, before state appropriation in 1793 during the French Revolution.

Edited from this MS by all editors. Discussed, with facsimiles of five pages, in Heather Wolfe, ‘The Scribal Hands and Dating of Lady Falkland: Her Life’, EMS, 9 (2000), 187-217. Facsimile of f. 14r, with transcription, also in Reading Early Modern Women, ed. Helen Ostovich and Elizabeth Sauer (New York & London, 2004), pp. 262-3.

Written (anonymously), after Lady Falkland's death, by one or more of her four daughters, Anne, Elizabeth, Lucy, and Mary, all Benedictine nuns at Cambrai. First published as The Lady Falkland: Her Life. From a MS. in the Imperial Archives at Lille, ed. Richard Simpson (London, 1861). Life and Letters / Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland, ed. Heather Wolfe (Tempe, AZ, 2001), pp. 101-222.