Martyrdom in a Merchant World: Elizabeth Jekyll and Mary Love
This chapter looks at the remembering and forgetting of the particular circumstances of politics, and at the part the writing and transmission of women's biographical texts played in the making of memory. It explores the genealogy of a particular event from 1651, the trial for treason of the Presbyterian Christopher Love, as it was recorded in the narratives of two women, Elizabeth Jekyll and Mary Love. The author argues that these texts, which circulated after the Restoration, indicate that we need to re-evaluate the place of narrative produced by women in building Restoration nonconformist culture. The process of political memorialisation and amnesia which Jekyll's and Love's manuscripts facilitated was complicated and is discussed in three stages: the ‘event,’ the women's narratives, and their Restoration editing and significance. At each stage, the ‘meanings’ of the event are changed.
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