Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837 (Pen & Sword, 2018) Hardback cover

Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837
(Pen & Sword books, 2018)
Principal Editors:  Louise Duckling, Sara Read, Felicity Roberts, Carolyn D. Williams
Hbk £19.99; Pbk £12.99; ebook; illustrated

To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 has gathered together contributions from its members to produce Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837, a rich collection of peer-reviewed essays, providing original and thought-provoking accounts of British and Irish women in history. It also contains two original poems. The depth, range, and creativity of the essays in this book reflect the myriad interests of the group and its members.


  • Carolyn D Williams surveys the book’s timeline, using queens to explore questions of gender, rank, and power
  • Valerie Schutte examines a book dedication to Lady Jane Grey, England’s nine-day queen
  • Sara Read investigates an intriguing address to readers of a breastfeeding advice tract published by a dowager Countess in 1622
  • Jennifer Evans entertains with a survey of aphrodisiacs and how they connect to sexual pleasure and fertility
  • Yvonne Noble reveals the challenges in researching women in history, using poet Anne Finch as a case study
  • Gillian Williamson discusses obituarising women in the Gentleman’s Magazine
  • Marie Mulvey Roberts explores female radicals in Bristol
  • Sarah Oliver considers female sexual agency in the eighteenth-century romantic novel
  • Tabitha Kenlon examines a pamphlet advising unmarried women on the dangers of ‘falling’
  • Julie Peakman explores friendships between prostitutes in the eighteenth century
  • Jacqueline Mulhallen celebrates an early nineteenth-century star of the stage in Eliza O’Neill and the art of acting
  • Brianna E Robertson-Kirkland explores rivalry and camaraderie between two celebrated eighteenth-century opera singers
  • Peter Radford reveals the physical strength and skill of female athletes and manual workers in the eighteenth century
  • Marion Durnin investigates ideological control in the early nineteenth-century annual
  • Louise Duckling concludes with an exploration of queens and learned ladies in nineteenth-century female biographies
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Woman to Woman (University of Delaware Press, 2010)

Previous publications by WSG include:

Carolyn Williams, Angela Escott and Louise Duckling (eds), Woman to Woman: Female Negotiations During the Long Eighteenth Century (University of Delaware Press, 2010) 

Women Out Loud. Special issue of Women’s Writing 17:1 (2010)