Women’s History Today Winter 2021 – Special Edition: Early Modern Women


The Winter 2021 special edition issue of Women’s History Today is now available for purchase.

The digital version of this edition is available free to all members.

Note: Due to late production and postal issues, printed journal deliveries will not start before early January 2022

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The Winter 2021 special edition issue of Women’s History Today is now available for purchase.

The digital version of this edition is available free to all members – see details below.


Women’s History Today is our new style journal with updated typeface and additional sections. In this edition, we have a range of articles from vastly different periods of women’s history, from the eleventh to the twenty-first century. From a range of perspectives, each of these articles examines ways in which women have both been marginalised from society or excluded from history. Our authors have sought to both to reveal women’s peripheral status and reclaim and recover a different, and sometimes more central, perspective. Each article is built on primary historical research, be that through examining papers, letters and print media, or through oral history and personal testimony.

  • Elizabeth Ann Mackay onEarly Modern Zenobias: Ars Historica, Crafting Women’s Histories and Composing Women’s Imagined Communities, 4
  • Clare Burgess on Colonial Law and the Indigenous Women of the Spanish Americas: Strategies, Barriers and Shifting Norms, 14
  • Amanda G. Madden on Women, Vendetta and the Will in Sixteenth-Century Italy, 23
  • Daniel Patterson on The Story of Lucy Browne: Women’s Agency, ‘Voices’ and the Evidence of Chancery Depositions, 30
  • Carlo Scapecchi on The Technical Contribution of Women to Weaving Goat Hair in the Spedale degli Innocenti (1581-1592), 40
  • Robert W. Daniel on ‘More difficult for me to bear’: Persecution, Child Loss and Nonconformist Mothers in Seventeenth Century England, 50

Doing Women’s History

  • Karen Limper-Herz and Andrea Clarke on Elizabeth & Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens at the British Library, (8 October 2021 – 20 February 2022), 60

From the Archive

  • Angela Zhang on Voiceless Women: Slavery, Marginality and Truth in the Archives, 62

Book Reviews

  • Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World, London, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, 63
  • Jennifer Godfrey, Suffragettes of Kent, Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2019, 64
  • Nina Baker, Adventures in Aeronautical Design: The Life of Hilda M. Lyon, Glasgow: Crampton-Moorhouse Publishing, 2020, 65
  • Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch and Brooke Kroeger (eds), Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2020, 65
  • Paul Crawford, Anna Greenwood, Richard Bates and Jonathan Memel, Florence Nightingale at Home, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 66

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