Lewis Bayly, Practice of Piety (1616)

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Lewis Bayly’s Practice of Piety was what we might call a religious self-help book, containing guidelines on how to live a proper Christian life for Protestants. It was tremendously popular not just in England but in other countries as well, and it went through … editions in the seventeenth century. It should come as no surprise, then, that some of the examples of female book ownership are found in his books. This particular one, a 1616 second edition of Bayly’s book owned by Margaret Raynham, is held by the Folger Shakespeare Lbirary and found on EEBO, the database for early modern printed books.

Source: EEBO, Folger Shakespeare Library, STC (2nd ed.) / 1606.5.


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