Arcangela Tarabotti, Elena Cassandra: A Feminist Venetian Republic Nun

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Silvia Speranza Geltrude Palandri


Silvia Speranza Geltrude Palandri

Arcangela Tarabotti, Elena Cassandra, was a nun in the Venetian Republic. At that time, Venice was a cultural centre around which gravitated prestigious figures from other parts of Italy and of Europe. However, the atmosphere was still deeply misogynist.

The lash of secular feeling of the Enlightenment endured throughout the seventeenth century. Appeals were still made to the Holy Scriptures and to the Gospels through which women were denied an active role in society beyond that of devoted wife and caring mother. These

The Mystery of Isabella and the String of Beads: A Woman Doctor in WW1

The following is an excerpt from Katrina Kirkwood’s book, The Mystery of Isabella and the String of Beads: A woman Doctor in WW1. Information about Katrina Kirkwood and her book was published on the blog on 13 march 2017.  The book is sold on Amazon and good book stores. WHN Admin.

Katrina Kirkwood

The Mystery of Isabella and the String of Beads: A Woman Doctor in WW1




“There might be German blood on these,” I warned as I placed the box on the table. From its battered cardboard top poked a rectangular, twill-covered object and a length of


Janet, 1895
Photo supplied by Denis Blight

Denis Blight


In 1901 a young parlour maid, Janet Loaring, stepped on Board the S.S. Perthshire to travel to Australia from Dorset in the United Kingdom with 43 other young, single women, escorted by a matron. In the Upstairs/Downstairs society of Victorian England, like her fellow travellers, she was definitely from the lower floors: her father a domestic gardener who died in six months earlier in 1900, her mother a dressmaker. Her eldest brother had emigrated in 1886, which was some comfort as she waved goodbye to her mother.

Janet’s diary of …

Celebrating a landmark edition: Francoise de Graffigny’s letters

The following is reproduced from the Voltaire Foundation (University of Oxford)  site with the permission of Pippa Faucheux.  It follows the completion of a 40-year project publish the critical edition of Mme de Graffigny’s correspondence which was completed in 2016.  WHN Admin.



Portrait de Mme de Graffigny par Pierre-Augustin Clavareau, Lunéville, Musée du château, inv.2011.2.1, cliché T. Franz: Conseil général de Meurthe-et-Moselle



Celebrating the completion of this landmark edition

Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758), French novelist and playwright whose talent was celebrated all over Europe after the publication of her novel Lettres d’une Péruvienne (1747), and her play Cénie (1750), knew

A Warrior of the People

A Warrior of the People (2016) St Martin’s Press New York.  

Joe Starita


Although a dedicated kindle reader, I picked up this biography and immediately felt the pleasure of holding a well published book. This one is comfortable to hold, the print is easy to read and although it feels physically light it is a substantial creation. The content met the expectations I formed on reading the back-cover blurb, information about the detailed recognition of the collaborative nature of the work and the dedication: ‘For all the women warriors —-past, present, and future.


A Warrior of the People