Introduction
in Anne Clifford’s autobiographical writing, 1590–1676
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book provides autobiographical writings of Anne Clifford. During the early period of her life Anne entered into the Court life of Queen Anne of Denmark and her daughter the princess Elizabeth, and maintained a large circle of aristocratic friends and acquaintances. Anne Clifford lived during the reigns of four monarchs and two heads of state in her long life of eighty-six years. She experienced exile and isolation as well as great political power. Anne Clifford's surviving autobiographical writing reveals her deep commitment to maintaining a record or account of her life. The 1603 memoir and the 1616, 1617 and 1619 diary almost always appear together in the surviving manuscripts. This memoir and the diary have the most complex textual history of Anne's autobiographical writing.

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