Then comes the last, the fatal Slavery,
The Husband with insulting Tyranny,
Can have ill Manners justify'd by Law;
For Men all join to keep the Wife in awe.
(The Emulation, 7-10)
Born and dying in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, Sarah Fyge was twice married, first unwillingly to a lawyer, Edward Field, who died leaving her a well-off widow without children, and second very unhappily, and publicly so, to the much older Reverend Thomas Egerton, rector of Adstock, who died in 1720. Fyge's first publishing success was The Female Advocate (1686), her polemical reply to an attack on women that argued that they were superior to men; and her second was her Poems (1703, 1706). Constance Clark outlines the life of Sarah Fyge (Egerton) in her introduction to the Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints reprint of the poems.
Given name: Sarah
Family name: Fyge
Birth date: 1670
Death date: 1723