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Essex girl makes the headlines after over 350 years


The White Bear Theatre Pub in South London hosts the premier of ‘THE UNNATURAL TRAGEDY’ by Margaret Cavendish (nee Lucas)

The review in ‘The London Pub Theatres’ list  the play as ‘The top of my tree in 2018’



Margaret Lucas was born at St John’s Colchester the youngest of eight children.  Her father was Thomas Lucas and her mother Elizabeth Leighton.

Her elder brothers (Thomas, Charles and John) gained notoriety as Cavaliers during the English Civil Wars.

Margaret was maid to Queen Henrietta Maria, the Catholic wife of Charles I, and accompanied her and their son Prince Charles (the future Charles II) into exile in France.

While on the continent she met and married another exile, Lord William Cavendish.

Margaret wrote many plays, poems and stories during her stay in France. It is a strongly held believe that her label as ‘Mad Madge’ was the suggestion of the then Prince Charles

After the restoration of the monarchy and the instating of Charles as King,  William and Margaret  Cavendish were made Duke and Duchess of Newcastle on Tyne.

Margaret  continue to write on their return to England and some of her work was published during her live.

Her most popular story is ‘Blazing Worlds’ which continues to be reproduced to this day.

Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle on Tyne.

The daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Lucas of Colchester

See Madge

The Tomb of the Duke and Duchess ( Margaret Lucas) of Newcastle.

Westminster Abbey

Margaret is holding writing instruments symbolising her literary skills.

“Here lyes the Loyall Duke of Newcastle and his Dutches his second wife, by whome hee had noe issue, her name was Margarett Lucas yongest sister to the Lord Lucas of Colchester a noble familie for all the Brothers were Valiant and all the Sisters virtuous. This Dutches was a wise wittie & learned Lady, which her many Bookes do well testifie. She was a most Virtuous & a Loveing & carefull wife & was with her Lord all the time of banishment & miseries & when he came home never parted from him in his solitary retirements.”