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Barton, Elizabeth [called the Holy Maid of Kent, the Nun of Kent]locked

(c. 1506–1534)
  • Diane Watt

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Barton, Elizabeth [called the Holy Maid of Kent, the Nun of Kent] (c. 1506–1534), Benedictine nun and visionary, is of obscure origins. Nothing is known about her early life or family. Barton is unlikely to have received any sort of formal education during her childhood, and she was almost certainly illiterate. By the time she first entered the public arena, at the age of nineteen, she was working as a servant in the household of a certain ...

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Camden Society
Record Commission
English Historical Review
National Archives of the United Kingdom, Public Record Office, London