The daughter of Sir Henry Knevitt and Lady Elizabeth Stumpe, Clinton was raised and educated in 17th century English high society. She married Thomas Clinton around 1584, and she bore the official title, Countess of Lincolnshire. Together they had 18 children. Although her writings suggest a deep Christian piety founded on extensive biblical scholarship, her work does not carry much of the condemningly didactic tone found in some early women writers. Rather her tract on nursing feels like the genuine concern of a woman looking back on her own mistakes.
The mothers then that refuse to nurse their owne children, doe they not despise Gods providence?
Patrick Madden's New Book
Quotidiana site founder Patrick Madden has just published a book of his own personal essays, including pieces formerly published in the Best American Spiritual Writing and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies.
If you enjoy the classical essays on this site, you'll enjoy these contemporary ruminations as well. Soon there'll be a web page here with further information, but for now, you can find out more (and perhaps purchase a copy) at Amazon.com.
"Patrick Madden is an essayist of verve, passion, wit, and dependable moral compass. Quotidiana drew me in powerfully, from page to page and from pleasure to pleasure." —Ian Frazier
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Quotidiana is an online anthology of "classical" essays, from antiquity to the early twentieth century. All essays and images are in the public domain. Commentaries are copyrighted, but may be used with proper attribution. Special thanks to the BYU College of Humanities and English Department for funding, and to Joey Franklin and Lara Burton, for tireless research assisting.