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By: Marion Knutsford

My Restless Knight

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Moll Rogers had a long, mostly loving marriage to Sir John Harington. Sir John a godson of Queen Elizabeth I, was a courtier, port, wit, scamp, dog-lover, jailbird, sanitary engineer (he invested the water-flushing lavatory), briefly a soldier in Ireland and an indefatigable traveller through England and Wales. In My Restless Knight, Moll is seen casting and often sardonic eye, during his absences, over his multifarious writings, including his many private letters. The poems he wrote to her she finds sometimes exasperating, sometimes consoling. He also wrote several to her mother. These were not always conciliatory. His letter to noblemen and gentlemen is seen to give Moll an unusually clear insight into the life of the court. Her duties with her large family meant that she rarely got to go there with her husband. He, however, was often there, dancing in attendance to his godmother the Queen.

Marion Knutsford was born in Buckinghamshire; educated at New College, Oxford; lectured in English at the University of New England, New South Wales; is married with three children, and now lives at Armidale, New South Wales. Previous publications include Comedy (Oxford University Press), Children, Parents and the Rise of the Novel (Associated University Presses), and several articles on Sir John Harington.

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