Someone I didn’t quite manage to fit in during my women’s history week and was reminded of when doing the women writers’ meme the other day, Moll Cutpurse/Mary Frith is fascinating as a figure on the borders between history and myth. There have been many sensationalised and fictionalised versions of her life; the fragments of court records unearthed by historians, documenting her many encounters with the law, can tell a slightly different story – though still a remarkable one.
Wikipedia biography of Mary Frith
The case of Moll Frith: women’s work and the “all-male” stage
Cross-dressing in The Roaring Girl, especially The issues and Historical perspective
Clothing and society in The Roaring Girl