Anne Wentworth: A Vindication of Anne Wentworth

(650 words)
  • Alison Searle (University of Sydney)

Anne Wentworth’s second published work is, like the first, primarily directed against her husband and the London Anabaptist community. It does, however, also indicate her growing confidence as an author, some of her sources of support, and the breadth of her publishing ambitions. Its full title is: “A VINDICATION OF Anne Wentworth, TENDING To the better preparing of all People for Her Larger Testimony, which is making ready for Publick View. Published according to the Will of God, and Direction of Charity.” This clearly indicates Wentworth’s sense of divine authorisation for her publishing venture and the willingness of some to support her position. She is no longer such a lone voice. The …

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Searle, Alison . "A Vindication of Anne Wentworth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 April 2009
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