The monument of matrones conteining seuen seuerall lamps of virginitie, or distinct treatises; whereof the first fiue concerne praier and meditation: the other two last, precepts and examples, as the woorthie works partlie of men, partlie of women; compiled for the necessarie vse of both sexes out of the sacred Scriptures, and other approoued authors, by Thomas Bentley of Graies Inne student.
Bentley, Thomas, student of Gray's Inn., Abergavenny, Frances Nevill, Lady, d. 1576., Marguerite, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of Navarre, 1492-1549. Miroir de l'âme pécheresse. English & French., Catharine Parr, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1512-1548. Lamentacion of a sinner., Tyrwhit, Elizabeth, Morning and evening prayers., Catharine Parr, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1512-1548. Prayers or meditacions.

A breefe catalog of the memorable names of sundrie right famous Queenes, godlie Ladies, and vertuous women of all ages, which in their kind and countries were notablie learned, and whereof some marked with this marke * were the authors of a great part of this booke, as shall appeere: set foorth in alphabeticall order.

  • * A Bigael Queene.
  • * Agnes martyr.
  • Agrippina.
  • Anna.
  • * Anne Askew martyr.
  • Anne Bacon.
  • Anne Basset.
  • Angelia virgine.
  • Argentaria.
  • Assiothea.
  • Aspatia.
  • Bridgit.
  • Bundiuica.
  • Cambra.
  • Cassandra virgine.
  • Catherina Cellia.
  • Catherina Senensis virgine.
  • * Catherina Parre.
  • Claudia Ruffina.
  • Cleobula virgine.
  • Cleopatra.
  • Corinna.
  • Cornelia Affrica.
  • Damma.
  • Danophila Pamphia.
  • *Deborah prophetesse.
  • Demetria.
  • Diodorus fiue daughters.
  • Diotima.
  • *Dorcas Marten.
  • Edesia Syria.
  • Egitha Queene of England.
  • * Elizabeth Q. of England.
  • Elizabeth Queene of Syria.
  • * Elizabeth Tirwit Ladie.
  • Elizabeth an Abbesse.
  • Erinna.
  • Eudoxia Theodosia.
  • Eustasia.
  • * Eulalia martyr.
  • Fabrola.
  • * Francis Aburgauennie La.
  • Furia.
  • Genebria.
  • Gysla.
  • * Hagar.
  • * Hannah Elcanah.
  • Helena Flauia.
  • Helizabeth Cenobia.
  • Helpis Boetia.
  • Herophila.
  • * Hester Queene.
  • Hierontia.
  • Hilda.
  • Hildizarda virgine.
  • Hipathia.
  • Hortensia.
  • * Huldah prophetesse.
  • * Iane Dudley Ladie.
  • Ioan Philippa Queene.
  • Isota virgine.
  • Isabel Q. hir foure daughters
  • * Iudith Bethulia.
  • Iuno Chrissa virgine.
  • * Katherine Q. of England.
  • Ladie commended by s. Iohn with hir daughters.
  • Lasthemia.
  • Leontium.
  • Leta.
  • Lucretia.
  • Mantinea.
  • Marcella.
  • * Marie the blessed virgine.
  • Marie Queene of England.
  • Page  [unnumbered] Marie Ladie Cicil.
  • * Margaret Q of Nauar.
  • Margaret Countesse of R.
  • Martia Q of England.
  • Maximilla prophetesse.
  • Myriam prophetesse.
  • Moera.
  • * Naomi.
  • Nossidis.
  • Olympiades.
  • Paula.
  • Panothea.
  • Phemono virgine.
  • Philips foure daughters.
  • Polla.
  • Portia.
  • Priscilla.
  • Proba Romana.
  • Pythagoras daughter.
  • Richthruda.
  • Rose wyda.
  • Salina or Salma.
  • Sappho poëta.
  • * Sarra Tobit.
  • Sibyls ten.
  • * Susanna.
  • Tecla.
  • Theaneo Metaponta.
  • Thesseles or Thelestilla.
  • Theodosia.
  • Thragelia.
  • Valeria proba.
  • Zenobia Queene of Syria, &c.

THus, good Readers, I haue set downe the names of some notable learned women to your consideration, referring such as desire to knowe further of their seuerall works to this treatise following, and to Gesnerus, Bale, Ludouicus Viues, the Chronicles, and such other writers of our time. Which I haue doone, not like a Sycophant to currie fauour by flatte∣rie with women; but simplie, God is my witnesse, & for good purpose: partlie, for that I well perceiue these and manie o∣ther not here named, for their well deseruing and excellent works (a tast wherof you haue here in this booke) haue here∣tofore beene had, and that right woorthilie, in great venera∣tion of the godlie learned fathers and writers in all ages: and therfore are no lesse of vs also to be reuerentlie regarded and had in honourable remembrance, to the perpetuall recorda∣tion and further continuance of their heroicall names and fames, as it were by some inrollment of their condigne prai∣ses and memorable dooings to all posterities: but especiallie for that I might hereby, as much as in me lieth, incourage, prouoke, and allure all godlie women of our time, in some measure, according to their seueral gifts giuen them of God, to become euen from their youth more studious imitators, and diligent folowers of so godlie and rare examples in their vertuous mothers, that as they either in sex, name, or estate are equall with them: so in learning, wisedome, good indu∣strie, and in all holie studies and vertuous exercises com∣mendable for women, they would dailie endeuour them∣selues Page  [unnumbered] to become like them, that so being lightened by their good examples both of life and doctrine, they may shine al∣so together with them on earth, as burning lampes of verie virginitie; and in heauen, as bright starres of eternall glorie: which God, for his owne name sake, grant,