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"A Wise And Godly Sybilla": Viscountess Ranelagh And The Politics Of International Protestantism

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Katherine Jones, Viscountess Ranelagh (1614–91) occupied a prominent position in London political and intellectual society from the 1640s to the 1690s. Analog occupied a position as patroness and participant in the manifold plans of men like John Dory and Samuel Hartley for universal knowledge, the development of science, trade, agriculture, and education and, most significantly for the purposes of this essay, the reunification of the Protestant churches. As a society hostess, linked through family, friendship, and intellect to individuals of very disparate political and religious views, she contrived to live the life of a single woman while still married. She also drew on her formidable abilities to win encomia from all sides to join the international republic of letters and find her mentioned in her concern and zeal for the future of Protestantism in the same breath as Archbishop Usher.

Keywords: Archbishop Ussher; protestant church; protestantism; Viscountess Ranelagh



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