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Forty-four of her poems were collected and published by her friend and patron J6zef Andrzej Zaluski in 17 52 as Zbi6r rytm6w duchowych, panegirycznych, moralnych i swiatowych W. Jmci Pani Elibiety z Kowalskich Druibackiej skarbnikowej iydakowskiej (Collection of Spiritual, Panegyrical, Moral and Secular verses by Her Ladyship Elzbieta Druzbacka, nee Kowalska). The title indicates the many different styles of poetry she practised. Zaluski dedicated the volume to four aristocratic ladies whom he calls 'Polish heroines', describing Druzbacka herself as 'Muza Polska' and 'Sappho Polska'.
34 See Antoni Czyi, 'Mistyk i piesri. 0 Konstancji Benislawskiej', in fa i B6g: poezja metafizyczna p6inego baroku, Wroclaw, 1988, pp. 117-29 (Studia staropolskie, 54). 3 Women's Writing in Hungary before 1800 George Cushing* As we have seen, the history of the Hungarian lands in this period was particularly turbulent. The first text discussed in this chapter dates from 1510. It is at least possible that earlier writings by women existed, but have been lost in the upheavals of war. Following the Ottoman victory at the battle of Mohacs in 1526, the country was divided into three parts, with the Ottomans occupying central Hungary, including Budapest, and the largely agricultural northern and western territories under Habsburg rule.
2 Bod's list is by no means complete, and many of the authors he mentions are known only from their inclusion in his work. The early history of Hungarian culture is a fragmented mosaic: wars, invasions and vandalism * Professor George Cushing, who taught Hungarian literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies from 1949 to 1986, died in 1996. This chapter, on which he was working as he battled courageously against cancer, has been completed with the help of Peter Sherwood, also at SSEES.
A History of Central European Women’s Writing by Celia Hawkesworth (eds.)