1571, Feb1633, Sep 4
an English diarist of the Elizabethan period. Hers is the oldest known diary written by a woman in English. Margaret Hoby's diary – the earliest known by an Englishwoman (1599–1605) — gives a notable account of the domestic disciplines of Elizabethan puritanism, along with the religious exercises and prayers for the whole household and the private prayers and reading, in which she was guided by her chaplain, Richard Rhodes. It was written as a pious exercise, and as such, presaged a school of religious soul-searching in diary form that continued into the 18th century.
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