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Mentia: Mrs Peter Taylor (1810-1908) a radical Liberal Victorian, ‘the mother’ of the English women’s parliamentary suffrage movement

The book acknowledges the contribution of suffragists associated with the contemporaries of Mentia’s husband Peter Alfred Taylor, Leicester Radical Liberal MP. Suffragists in Britain and across the Atlantic dubbed Mentia ‘the mother’ for ensuring Ladies’ London Emancipation Society members signed parliamentary petitions for women’s suffrage. She called the campaign based at Aubrey House the acacia tree party because of the species’ vitality. John Stuart Mill recognised her organisational abilities and engineered her role in the parliamentary suffrage movement.

As Mentia brought the support of radicals from the Anti-Corn Law League and Chartists, as well as followers of Joseph Mazzini, Garibaldi …

Women in International Exhibitions 1876-1937, Routledge 2017, by Myriam Boussahba-Bravard & Rebecca Rogers (ed.)

Myriam Boussahba-Bravard & Rebecca Rogers (ed.), Women in International and Universal Exhibitions, 1876-1937, New York, Routledge, 2018: ISBN 9781138636057 ( hardcopy)  ISBN 9781315196534 (electronic version)

This book argues for the importance of bringing women and gender more directly into the dynamic field of exposition studies. Reclaiming women for the history of world fairs (1876-1937) it also seeks to introduce new voices into these studies dialoguing across disciplinary and national historiographies. From the outset, women participated, as artists, writers, educators, artisans or workers, and of course spectators without figuring among the organizers of international exhibitions until the 20th century. Their …

Women’s naval lives

Women and the Royal Navy (IB Tauris/NMRN) by Jo Stanley. Out Nov 2017. Focused on gender, mobility, and the long struggle for equal rights to sail and be combatant, this is a new approach to naval historiography. It shows all navl women, including doctors and camouflaged ‘boys’. What’s more it’s accessible – a trade book with 92 pictures including some very telling cartoons.
What it’s not: a  chronicle of an institutional events; the standard summary of QA naval nurses and Wrens; un-analysed jolly hockeysticks tales.


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 …