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Bathsua Makin

(c. 1600—1680) scholar and teacher


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(b. 1600, d. in or after 1675) Née Reginald, scholar, educationalist, and poet, and tutor to Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Charles I. Makin was the daughter of Henry Reginald (d. 1635), a schoolteacher, and was described by the diarist Sir Simon D'Ewes (1602–50) as ‘the greatest scholler, I thinke, of a woman in England’. Her Essay to Revive the Ancient Education of Gentlewomen (1673) insists that the whole ‘encyclopaedia of learning’ be opened to women. Makin asserts that ‘women are not such silly giddy creatures as many proud ignorant men would make them’ but will become more malleable through education. The moderation of her claims may have been linked with a wish to dissociate herself from the 1670 translation of Cornelius Agrippa's inflammatory feminist Female Pre-eminence: or The Dignity and Excellence of that Sex, above the Male by Henry Care (1646/7–1688).

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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