John Donne describes an accomplished woman with a wide-ranging capacity to converse intelligently. I like the spectrum he chose: predestination to slea-silk and, it seems, everything in between.
‘She knew well how to discourse of all things, from predestination to slea-silk.’
(Slea-silk is the silk used in embroidery.)
I will contact her through my time machine and see if she will deign to entertain me for tea.
Her name was Anne Clifford, Countess of Pembroke (1590-1670), and she seems to have been equally gifted in fighting her corner, eventually winning an inheritance that had been denied her on account of her gender. She also had a clear capability in what might now be described as Public Relations or image management, witness the careful construction of a triptych showing her at an early and later stage of life, and sandwiched in between, a family montage.
Source: John Donne, quoted in John Drury, Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (London: Penguin Books, 2014), p. 219