If so, how do we reconcil the Quaker prophets, the ranters or the 5th monarchists? does thier membership in a (albeit often loosely) organised sect negated thier radicalism? If not, why might not Lanyer be seen as radical, as a woman who appropirates the male patronage system, re-articualtes it as an idealised community, and re-defines eve's involment in the fall be seen as radical? then if we allow Layner to be radical, is any public display of female authorship welcome up to bat as radical? Although E Cary, in the tragedy of Mirum, composes the first origianl secan drama by a woman, does the fact that it is essentially a closet drama make approriate it into staus quo. In the intro to the Rennaissance Dramas by women, Dianne Purkiss argues that Mary Sidney and Elizabeth Cary were given a humanist education in order to be able to support thier families and display thier worthiness. Although women could not bid for patronage themselves through writing, their written tallents were used to display the education and worthiness of thier peers.