Jane Barker, 1652-1732

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Biographical note

English poet and novelist of the early 18th century. The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia [1713] was considered her most successful work. A staunch Jacobite, she followed King James II of England into exile at Saint-Germain-en-Laye in France shortly after James’ defeat in the Glorious Revolution [1688]. During her exile, she wrote a group of political poems, "A Collection of Poems Referring to the Times" [1701], which conveyed her anxiety towards the political future of England. She later became a novelist and wrote Exilius; or, The Banished Roman [1715], A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies [1723], and The Lining of the Patch Work Screen [1726]. Barker was never married and her works show a strong lack of interest in marriage. Instead, she sought to challenge the status quo of female subordination.

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