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Jane Barker, Louise Hollandine of the Palatinate and 'Solomons Wise Daughter'

Niall MacKenzie
The Review of English Studies
New Series, Vol. 58, No. 233 (Feb., 2007), pp. 64-72
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4501564
Page Count: 9
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Jane Barker, Louise Hollandine of the Palatinate and 'Solomons Wise Daughter'
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Abstract

Dated New Year's Day 1700, Jane Barker's poem 'To Her Royal Highness the Princess Lewis Marya, Princess of Bavaria [...]' addresses the (German) Stuart Princess who was Abbess of the Royal Cistercian Abbey of Maubuisson. Barker's poem reflects her interest in female monasticism and echoes a conventional line of Jacobite compliment regarding the Stuarts' readiness to exchange temporal for spiritual crowns. In comparing the royal nun with 'Solomon[']s wise daughter'-a mysterious allusion that seems to relate to a passage in I Kings 4-Barker may be invoking a now forgotten tradition among the English Benedictine nuns of Pontoise, with whom the poet was on friendly terms. Thomas Fuller's Pisgah-Sight of Palestine is an alternative, or complementary, possible source.

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