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Anna Seward’s Journal and Sermons

Anna Seward’s Journal and Sermons (Cambridge Scholars, 2017)

This is the full text of Anna Seward’s juvenile journal which is written in the form of a series of letters to an imaginary friend, “Emma”. Seward intended the letters to be an autobiographical account of the period of her youth from 1762-8 before she achieved fame as a published poet. Towards the end of her life, Seward had collated all her poetic works, the letter-journal, four sermons, a dissertation and some of her father’s and her friends’ poems for posthumous publication, bequeathing the manuscripts to Walter Scott. As much as the …

Book announcement

My book, The WRNS in Wartime is being published by I B Tauris in October 2017. A transformed version of my PhD, completed within KCL’s War Studies department, it traces the origins of this significant women’s military auxiliary. The book explores why the service was created, disbanded at the end of the First World War and then reformed at the beginning of the Second World War. Combining personal testimony and the political, military and cultural contexts it seeks to place the WRNS within the wider scene of the two world wars and highlight its variation to the other women’s services.…

Women’s history as seafarers!

Yes, women are now the captain of ships as big as towns. Progress – but oh so patchy, since the days when you had to camouflage yourself as a boy in order to gain the searoving life.

Link to the publisher: http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/Cabin-Boys-to-Captains/9780752488783/

Link to book’s own facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/From-Cabin-Boys-to-Captains-250-years-of-women-at-sea-1674785129441025. This is a great new way for oral history-based books to have a new life. Seawomen who want to tell their stories and share their pix can simply post them here. It augments the book. And it’s a great way to include people for whom the book had no space, or …

Rachel Wilson, Elite Women in Ascendancy Ireland, 1690-1745: Imitation and Innovation

This book (published 17 Sept. 2015) examines the lives of elite women in Ascendancy Ireland by discussing their marriages, family lives and social, political and philanthropic activities. It is based upon extensive original research into many of the country’s leading families at this time and considerably advances the current historiography on Ireland’s female elite. It also contextualises its subjects’ experiences by placing them alongside those of English and Scottish women. Copies may be purchased online from the website of the publisher, Boydell and Brewer, as well as other major booksellers including Amazon. Please see http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14948

Rachel completed her Ph.D. in …

British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century. Edited by Teresa Barnard

Highlighting the remarkable women who found ways around the constraints placed on their intellectual growth, this collection shows that long eighteenth-century women usurped subjects perceived as masculine to contribute to scientific, political, philosophical and theological debate and progress. This volume goes beyond traditional readings of women’s creativity to add fresh, sometimes controversial, insights into the female view of the intellectual world. Teresa Barnard. British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century. Available 14th July 2015 from Ashgate. View at www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472437457. WHN members can claim a discount of 50% by using the code 50CMY15N when ordering.…