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What’s New: June 2023
This month’s update comprises ten new articles on women active in public life from the end of the fourteenth to the late twentieth century: Joan Beauchamp (Lady Bergavenny), Joan Cooke, Hortense Mancini (duchess of Mazarin), Jane Baldwin, Sarah Curran, Lucy Cavendish, Marjorie Powell, Madeleine Symons, Dorothy Elliott, Margaret Campbell (duchess of Argyll). Read the introduction here.
Cooke [née Massinger], Joan (d. 1545/6)
The benefactor and vowess Joan Cooke was depicted with her late husband in a portrait commissioned by the corporation of Gloucester. They had spent their married life planning to make their mark on Gloucester, and founded a grammar school in the city which opened in 1539.