Prayers or Meditations

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Prayers or Meditations was the first book published by a woman, under her own name and in English.[1]

It was written by Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII of England. It was written in 1547, and published after her death. Her second book was The Lamentation of a Sinner.[2]


  1. ^ ix, The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works Part 1: Printed Writings, 1500-1640 Volume 3 Katherine Parr, selected and introduced by Janel Mueller, Scolar Press, 1997
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