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Pure Wit: The Revolutionary Life of Margaret Cavendish

1 October 2023, 2.00pm

'Pure Wit' book cover
'Pure Wit' book cover
'Pure Wit' book cover
1 October 2023, 2.00pm

Pure Wit: The Revolutionary Life of Margaret Cavendish

Francesca Peacock shines a light on the pioneering yet largely forgotten life of 17th-century writer Margaret Cavendish to mark the 400th anniversary of her birth.
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About the event

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, lived through turbulent times. As a young aristocratic woman in the midst of the Civil War, she fled England for France and entered self-imposed exile as her wealth and land were forfeited.

Despite her fierce royalism, she was a radical figure who produced a rich catalogue of writing on subjects as diverse as gender, science and philosophy, as well as one of the earliest works of science-fiction, The Blazing World (1666).

Marking the 400th anniversary of Cavendish’s birth, Francesca Peacock sheds new light on this pioneering and controversial figure who broke with convention to become one of the first English women to publish under her own name.

Access to the Gallery is via a narrow flight of stairs. Unfortunately, the room is not wheelchair accessible.

About the speaker

Francesca Peacock is an author and arts journalist from London. She writes about books, art and culture for The Telegraph, The Times, Spectator and Prospect, amongst other publications. Pure Wit is her first book.

Francesca Peacock
Francesca Peacock

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1 October 2023
2.00pm - 3.00pm
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Chelsea Physic Garden (Gallery)
66 Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4HS United Kingdom