Anne Edgcumbe Dowriche (before 1560–after 1613)
Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
Anne Dowriche (before 1560–after 1613), daughter of Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall, married Hugh Dowriche, a rector, and bore at least three children. Her strongly Protestant French History (1589) is a long poem, in poulter's measure (hexameters alternate with fourteeners), with three parts: “The outrage called the winning of St. James his street, 1557,” “The constant martyrdom of Annas Buggaius, one of the king's council, 1559,” and “The bloody marriage of Margaret, sister to Charles IX, Anno 1572.” Dowriche bases her story on Thomas Timme's translation of Jean de Serres's Commentaries (1574) and FranÉois Hotman's De furoribus gallicis (printed in London in both Latin and English, 1573; Marlowe, too, used Hotman's text for his Massacre at Paris). Her prefaces confess to her brother, Pearse Edgcumbe, and to the reader that weaknesses in her work show “that it is merely a woman's doing”; but she hopes “to restore again some credit if I can unto poetry”: for there is not “in this form anything extant which is more forceable to procure comfort to the afflicted, strength to the weak, courage to the faint hearted, and patience unto them that are persecuted, than this little work, if it be diligently read and well considered.” We give portions of Part 3 from the 1589 edition, including its marginal glosses in our notes.