Category Archives: Biographies

Mary Saxby (1738-1801), an 18th-century vagrant and memoirist

Mary Saxby’s Memoirs of a Female Vagrant was published posthumously, with the twin goals of raising some money for impoverished relatives and ‘prompting the active beneficence of the present age, to regard the wandering classes of the poor, with that attention … Continue reading

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The lives of the law

A read-worthy essay on law- and crime-related biographies (pdf) in the ODNB Online. (The essay is free to access, but you’ll need a subscription [or a good friend with a subscription] to access the biographies mentioned in it.)

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A 17th-century nobody

From Natalie of Philobiblon, the news that upstairs in the English department there’s a new colleague who is working on the biographies of Renaissance ‘nobodies’. (Yes, I am mildly entertained to get Aber news first from a blogger in London, … Continue reading

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DNB: Christina Willes

I was looking for someone who wasn’t, as it turned out, in the DNB and turned this up. Not quite Bodyline, mind you. Oh, The Ashes they’re a-coming and we’re gonna thrash those upstart Aussies. (Like we’re thrashing those upstart … Continue reading

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Alice Clark, working women’s historian

It’s over 80 years since Alice Clark wrote what is recognised as a classic work of women’s history: Working life of women in the seventeenth century (1919). However, it’s spent long periods since then out of print – and it’s … Continue reading

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DNB: remarkable early modern women

Hannah Snell, eighteenth-century ‘sexual impostor’, is one of this week’s featured lives at the ODNB (free access for the next few days only). Mary, Lady Dering, seventeenth-century composer, is also featured.

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Biography requests taken

Well, I thought the special Christmas links requests worked well – might do that again too – so lets try something more ambitious. Is there an individual from the early modern period (the usual, 1500-1800ish) you’d like to know more … Continue reading

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An English Lady in 19th-century Wales

It’s a curious thing, but one of the most significant figures in nineteenth-century Welsh cultural history is an upper-class English woman: Lady Charlotte Guest. Lady Charlotte (born Charlotte Bertie in 1812, daughter of an English earl, brought up in Lincolnshire) … Continue reading

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