Margaret Cavendish: 17th Century Revolutionary

In an age when literature was dominated by men, Margaret Cavendish wrote passionately about gender, science and philosophy. She published under her own name, and advocated for women in work. Her 1666 novel The Blazing World was one of the earliest works of science fiction.

In this episode of Not Just the Tudors, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Francesca Peacock, author of Pure Wit: The Revolutionary Life of Margaret Cavendish, which recounts Cavendish’s fascinating, pioneering, yet often complex and controversial life.

This episode was edited by Joseph Knight and produced by Rob Weinberg.

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