in Biblical women in early modern literary culture 1550–1700


The idea for this volume emerged in September 2010 during our first effort at organising an international conference as doctoral candidates at Queen’s University, Belfast. For that reason, we are grateful to the energetic bunch of scholars and postgraduates who participated in ‘Biblical Women: Reading and Writing Women in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’, and also to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for generously sponsoring the event. Since our first correspondence, the contributors to this volume have offered support and encouragement, and we are grateful for their hard work, enthusiasm and patience at every stage. Our thanks also to all those at Manchester University Press for their diligent assistance and expert guidance throughout the process, to Ann-Maria Walsh for pointing us in the direction of Erhard Schön’s ‘Twelve famous women of the Old Testament’, and to the Irish Research Council for supporting the use of the image.

In the School of English at Queen’s we were fortunate to encounter a great number of stimulating and encouraging scholars and we had the privilege of being part of the Renaissance research cluster. We benefited enormously from the wisdom and insights of Mark Burnett, Emma Rhatigan, Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray. To Adrian we owe a particular debt. His belief and interest in the project has been unwavering, and without his encouragement we might never have begun. We are grateful to him for generously gifting us so much of his time.

We lastly want to thank our families for their constant love and support, and for repeatedly asking after the progress of the ‘biblical women book’. Our ‘biblical women’ ran parallel with graduations, relocations, new jobs and a marriage and we thank our wonderful husbands, Danny O’Neill and Andy Carroll, for their sacrifices, good humour and reassurance through it all. Your love meant everything, and always will.

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