1652 – 1732
Who was Jane Barker?
Jane Barker was an English poet and novelist of the early 18th century. The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia was considered her most successful work. A staunch Jacobite, she followed King James II of England into exile at Saint-Germain-en-Laye in France shortly after James' defeat in the Glorious Revolution. During her exile, she wrote a group of political poems, "A Collection of Poems Referring to the Times", which conveyed her anxiety towards the political future of England. She later became a novelist and wrote Exilius; or, The Banished Roman, A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies, and The Lining of the Patch Work Screen. Barker was never married and her works show a strong lack of interest in marriage.