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Margaret Roper, née More

Margaret Roper (1505–1544) was the eldest daughter of Thomas More and wife of William Roper. During More's imprisonment in the Tower of London, she was a frequent visitor to his cell, along with her husband.

Margaret was a well-known and highly regarded translator and poet during her lifetime. In a letter her father mentions her poems, but none is extant. She was fluent in Greek and Latin, and even studied medicine. When she was just 19 she published a translation of a work by Erasmus, A Devout Treatise upon the Paternoster. In the dedicatory letter to this volume Richard Hyrde argued for the value of the education of women.

She is believed to have written, together with her husband William Roper, the very first biography of her father Thomas More -- The Life of Sir Thomas More.



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