Earlier in the year I reviewed Dr. Sara Read’s new book Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women’s Lives 1540-1740, and was engrossed by its scholarly and fascinating account of the realities of life in the period. Recently I asked her to share a bit more about the book, the process of writing it, and what she hoped readers would find in it.
Where did the impulse to write Maids, Wives, Widows come from?
In my academic research, I read the diaries, journals, letters, and medical casenotes of women throughout the early modern era. These are fascinating to me but only a very limited amount of the material is relevant to my projects. This means I’ve accrued lots of anecdotes, and interesting stories about early modern women’s lives that I wanted tell.
I had had a couple of magazine articles accepted for publication in history magazines and by this process…
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