The Blazing World (unabridged)

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Margaret Cavendish

The Blazing World

Read by Lucy Scott with Andrew Wincott


Born in 1623 as the youngest child of a wealthy Essex family, Margaret Cavendish became a Maid of Honour to Queen Henrietta Maria before going on to marry the widowed William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle. She was a prolific writer whose work encompassed a range of genres including poetry, moral tales, romance, scientific treatises, philosophy, drama and biography. Pepys wrote of her: ‘The whole story of this Lady is a romance, and all she doth is romantic’.

The Blazing World is part fiction and part feminist text in which a lady is shipwrecked and seeks to ensure that the Blazing World in which she finds herself is transformed into a Utopia – free of war, sexual discrimination and religious discord. It is a fascinating and extravagant combination of what the author herself calls ‘romancical’, ‘philosophical’ and ‘fantastical’.

  • Running Time: 4 h 07 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-398-0
    Cat. no.:NA0534
    Produced by:Neil Rosser
    Edited by:Thomas Goose
    Released:April 22
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