Elizabeth Jane Weston
Elizabeth Jane Weston (Latin: Elisabetha Ioanna Vestonia; Czech: Alžběta Johana Vestonie) (1581–1612) was an English-Czech poet, mostly known for her Neo-Latin poetry. She had the unusual distinction for a woman of the time of having her poetry published. The full works, published in two volumes in 1608, were entitled Parthenica (meaning Maidenly Writings). The subject matter varied between idyllic reveries, odes to Emperor Rudolf II (originally sent to him with the intention of convincing him to lend money), odes to herself, and anti-Semitic diatribes.
She was born to Jane Cooper in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England. Nothing is known about her father, but her stepfather, Edward Kelley, was a well-known alchemist. Kelley, along with John Dee, was employed in the court of Rudolf II, which resulted in the family moving to Prague (Kingdom of Bohemia).
A collection of her poetry, edited and translated by Donald Cheney and Brenda M. Hosington, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2000.
- Radio Praha interview with an expert on the poetess
- A biography
- Collected Writings of Elizabeth Jane Weston
- Parthenica (at CAMENA)
- The play Rudolf II, by Edward Einhorn, features Elizabeth Jane Weston as a character
- The third act of the play Burn Your Bookes, by Richard Byrne, deals with the relationship between Elizabeth Jane Weston and Edward Kelley.