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date: 25 February 2020

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

(c. 1506–1534)
  • Diane Watt


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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