My review of ‘Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837’ by Louise Duckling et al

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Published to mark the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837, this is a fascinating collection of essays. Chapters range from royal book dedications, to female runners, women’s rights and female obituaries. This is the sort of book that you can dip in and out of as the mood takes you.

My primary interest was the inclusion of a chapter about Lady Jane Grey. Valerie Schutte looks at book and manuscript dedications to three future Tudor Queens, while focusing on the only surviving dedication to Jane.

Women’s roles as potential sources of patronage (through their male relatives) are also explored, as well as what this reveals about how Jane was viewed in terms of her status and future potential.

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