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Mary Prince

(b. c.1788).

The first black woman in Britain to be the subject of a biographical narrative. Prince was born into slavery in Bermuda, and lived as a slave there, in ...

Prince, Mary

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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..., Mary ( c. 1788–?1834 ) Born into slavery in Bermuda. She escaped from one of her brutal Caribbean masters in London. She dictated her intimate and idiomatic autobiography, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave , which went into three editions in 1831 . See slavery...

Prince, Mary

Prince, Mary (1788–?1834)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., Mary ( c. 1788–?1834 ) Born into slavery in Bermuda. She was brutally treated by different masters in the Caribbean, escaping from one of them in London. She dictated her intimate and idiomatic autobiography, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave , which went into three editions in 1831 . See slavery...

Prince, Mary

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Eva M. Thompson

The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History

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2008
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..., Mary ( c. 1788–? ), first known self‐emancipated black woman to publish an autobiography. Until the reclamation of Mary Prince and her 1831 narrative, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Related by Herself , both Prince and her narrative were forgotten, misplaced, or otherwise lost. Scholars acclaim it an important text, and Prince has become a figure of central importance in the cultural history of the African diaspora, primarily because as a self‐authorized New World slave woman, Prince made decisions about her life and then lived...

Prince, Mary

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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2002
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...Prince, Mary (c. 1788–? ), West Indian slave narrator , also known as Molly Wood, Mary James, or Mary, Princess of Wales. Mary Prince was born in Bermuda. She worked as a household slave there and in Antigua and in the salt mines of Turk Island under the most brutal of conditions. In 1828, she went to England with her owners hoping to secure manumission. Unable to purchase her freedom and return to Antigua as a free woman, Prince dictated her story to Susanna Strickland, an abolitionist and poet. With Prince's approval, her narrative was pruned and...

Prince, Mary

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John Gilmore

The Oxford Companion to Black British History

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2007
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...a clear example of how, before emancipation , the life of a black person regarded as free in Britain was still restricted by the continued existence of slavery in the colonies. John Gilmore ODNB Prince, Mary , The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, as Related by Herself (ed. Moira Ferguson , rev. edn., 1997); Prince, Mary , The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave (ed. Sarah Salih , 2000) See also Somerset ...

Prince, Mary

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Gillian Whitlock

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro–Latin American Biography

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2016
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...to sexual abuse—Prince is compelled to speak the truth about the horrors of slavery but is obliged to negotiate with the sensibilities of her intended British readership. Mary Prince . Commemorative medallion issued at a 2012 ceremony in which Mary Prince was declared a national hero of Bermuda. Photo courtesy Andrew Baylay/Bermuda Archives. After ten years laboring in the salt ponds, Prince is sold into the household of John Wood for £100, at her request, and taken to Antigua, where she hopes to gain her manumission. At St. Johns, Prince can negotiate...

Mary Prince

Mary Prince  

(b. c.1788).The first black woman in Britain to be the subject of a biographical narrative. Prince was born into slavery in Bermuda, and lived as a slave there, in ...
The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...when he and Camillo ask Florizel about it the Prince, refusing to explain why his father should not be told of the matter, invites them to witness his engagement to Perdita. Polixenes furiously reveals his identity and accuses his son of betraying the throne, condemning the Old Shepherd to death for treason (but then withdrawing the sentence) and threatening Perdita with torture if she ever sees Florizel again: he storms off alone. The grieved Old Shepherd reproaches Florizel and Perdita for concealing the Prince’s identity from him, and leaves convinced he is...

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...the wives of Capulet and Montague to restore order. The fighting is stilled by the arrival of the Prince, who threatens that if the feud breaks out once more Capulet and Montague will be executed. Left with Benvolio, Montague and his wife ask after their absent son Romeo, and employ Benvolio to investigate the cause of his solitary melancholy. Romeo reveals to Benvolio that he is suffering from unrequited love. 1.2 Capulet, bound to the peace, tells the Prince’s kinsman Paris that if he can win his 13-year-old daughter Juliet’s acceptance he may marry her. He...

36 The History of the Book in the Balkans

36 The History of the Book in the Balkans   Reference library

Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia and Aleksandra B. Vraneš

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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...Arabic and Turkish influence within the Ottoman empire. The most productive *scriptoria were located in monasteries. One of the earliest South Slavonic Cyrillic MSS, the Miroslav Gospels, written c .1185–1190 , probably in Kotor (now in Montenegro), was commissioned by Prince Miroslav , brother of Stefan Nemanja (later known as St Simeon), the ruler of the most successful medieval Serbian kingdom of Raška. The richly illuminated gospels are among the most beautiful Slavonic MSS; unsurprisingly, both Montenegrins and Serbs claim them as part of their...

Painting

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...centre of the exhibition-goers. The flamboyant figure of the Prince of Wales, the son of King George III , quickly catches the eye [ see *Regency ]. He stands holding a catalogue and a cane in his left hand. By his side Sir Joshua *Reynolds , the President of the Royal Academy, points towards the hanging pictures. This pair, and the dialogue that we are asked to imagine them enjoying, suggest an ideal partnership between British royalty and Academic artists in the period. The inclusion of the Prince of Wales indicates the prestigious origins and connections...

German Family Names

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Edda Gentry

Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

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2022
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...The rulers of these absolutistic states could and did determine their subjects’ religion, according to the maxim “cuius regio, eius religio”: the religion of the prince (Protestant or Catholic) became the only religion tolerated in his land. In addition, since the states’ economies were still rooted in the feudal system, tax and tribute burdens as well as service obligations were raised by the prince at whim, in many cases merely to pay for court extravaganzas (such as festivals), the acquisition of art works, and military ventures. Agricultural failures, bad...

The Caliphate and the Bases of Power

The Caliphate and the Bases of Power   Reference library

‘Alī ‘Abd Al-Rāziq

Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives (2 ed.)

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2022
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...to draw the reader's attention to another point, for we come across words which are sometimes used as synonyms and at other times are given different meanings. Often this is a cause for debate, divergence and incoherent judgements. These words include “king,” “sultan,” “chief,” “prince,” “caliph,” “state,” “kingdom,” “government,” “caliphate,” etc. By asking ourselves if the Prophet was or was not a king, we are trying to discover if he had a quality other than that of apostle which would lead us to believe that he effectively founded or at least initiated the...

Music

Music   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...served to document more musical gossip for future historians than was common at the time. For its entertainment a local establishment of musicians was joined by visiting celebrities, aspirants, and protégés. George Bridgetower , 11-year-old ‘son of an African prince’, soon to be taken up by the Prince of Wales and to join Beethoven in the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata's first performance, earned 200 guineas for a single appearance in December 1789 (some tickets selling at £5). The 13-year-old Hungarian pianist Johan Nepomuk Hummel ( 1778–1837 ) was less successful in...

20a The History of the Book in Britain, c.1475–1800

20a The History of the Book in Britain, c.1475–1800   Reference library

Andrew Murphy

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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...advance, with their names then being included among the list of subscribers in the opening pages of the book. *Theobald ’s edition of Shakespeare’s Works ( 1733 ), issued in seven *octavo volumes, included a *subscription list running to just under 430 names, headed by the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal. In the wake of the definitive lapse of the 1662 Act in 1695 , the publishing trade persistently lobbied Parliament to pass some form of legislation that would afford legal protection of their interests. What emerged from this process was an ...

Architecture

Architecture   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...) Athenaeum Club ( 1827–30 ), and Charles *Barry 's Travellers' Club ( 1830–2 ). All these were London buildings, and indeed the war's end returned the capital to national preeminence in royal, public, and ecclesiastical architecture. Already between 1815 and 1822 , the Prince Regent was employing his favourite architect, Nash, for the exotic Royal Pavilion at Brighton, and in 1824 Jeffry *Wyatville began his considerable renovation of Windsor Castle. Most of all, Buckingham Palace, begun by Nash in 1825 , seemed to fulfil a long-standing dream...

Macbeth

Macbeth   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...now Thane of Cawdor: reflecting on the witches’ prophecy, now partly fulfilled, Macbeth is already imagining the murder of Duncan. 1.4 Duncan, after hearing a report from his son Malcolm of the death of the former Cawdor, welcomes Macbeth and Banquo, before declaring Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland and his heir. Duncan means to be Macbeth’s guest at Inverness, towards which Macbeth sets off to inform his wife, conscious that he must now remove both Malcolm and Duncan if the witches’ prophecy is to be fulfilled. 1.5 Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth...

John

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René Kieffer and René Kieffer

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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...in order not to confuse her with the three other Marys: Lazarus' sister ( ch. 11 ) and the two Marys named here. In the Greek text ‘Mary the wife of Clopas’ could be in apposition to ‘his mother's sister’, but as the women are contrasted to the four soldiers, it is more likely that they also are four. In Mk 15:40 par. the mother of Jesus is not named at all. Mary Magdalene appears in all four gospels. Commentators who want to harmonize John with the Synoptics identify ‘the wife of Clopas’ with the synoptic ‘Mary, the mother of James and of Joses’; ‘his...

Minorities in a Democracy

Minorities in a Democracy   Reference library

Humayun Kabir

Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook

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2022
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...remain unnamed. Among the names that are explicitly mentioned, there is at least one which could refer to an Indian prophet. In Sura 21 [Verse 85 ; also Sura 38, Verse 48 ] there is a reference to “Dhu’l Kifl.” This can be roughly translated as Prince of Kufl and could very well refer to the Buddha who was Prince of Kapilavastu [sixth–fifth century b.c .]. There is no “p” in Arabic so that “p” sounds are converted either to “f” or “b.” Similarly, Dhu’l-Qurnain [Sira 18, Verses 83–98] mentioned in the Qur'an has been differently identified by Sir Syed...

Publishing

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...Fund to support deserving authors fallen on hard times. Future beneficiaries were to included S. T. *Coleridge and hosts of lesser-known scribblers who found themselves patronless. Yet, ironically, even the fund itself remained shaky until Williams managed to persuade the Prince of Wales to provide it with generous patronage. The shifting role of the patron from commissioner and controller of literary work to its consumer, publisher, and promoter was best epitomized by the practice of book subscription. The object of subscription was to secure down...

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