Facebook X YouTube Instagram Pinterest NetGalley
Google Books previews are unavailable because you have chosen to turn off third party cookies for enhanced content. Visit our cookies page to review your cookie settings.

A History of Women's Lives in Oxford (Paperback)

P&S History > Social History Women of History > A History of Women's Lives World History

By Dr Nell Darby
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: A History of Women's Lives
Pages: 142
Illustrations: 25
ISBN: 9781526717856
Published: 19th August 2019


£7.50 was £14.99

You save £7.49 (50%)

You'll be £7.50 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase A History of Women's Lives in Oxford. What's this?
+£4.99 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £40
(click here for international delivery rates)

Order within the next 10 hours, 26 minutes to get your order processed the next working day!

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

Underneath the dreaming spires of Oxford’s world-famous university, generations of women have lived their lives, fighting for the right to study there, and for a role within the city’s educational, political and social spheres. Although a few of these women’s names have been recorded for posterity, they have been largely because of their association with worthy or famous men; in this book, though, their own lives are detailed, along with those who have been largely omitted from history.

Women’s lives have always been less recorded than those of men; where a woman helped her husband with his business, this help may not have been formally recorded in the census returns, and the details of jobs recorded there might not reflect the full scale of women’s work and responsibilities. So here, learn about the variety of work women undertook; their education, their social lives, and their attempts to carve out a valuable role for themselves. Learn too of the problems they faced in living their lives: poverty, prison, suicide, or even murder. This is no pretty picture of Oxford life designed for tourist brochures; instead, it aims to take a snapshot of the varied experiences of the city’s female population over the course of a century.

A really nice book and very well written!

Watch the full video review here

Lil's Vintage World

I really enjoy the books in this series and this one was a pleasure to read – I enjoyed that the period covers from 1850-1950 covering some of my favourite periods in history through from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to the second World War.

I love social history and this series is a great way to find out more about how women from different areas have developed over time, from the clothes they wear, the jobs they do and to changes in relationships and in the home. There were a lot of changes over the period and it is great to have the impact focused on a particular area to follow the changes over the 100-year period. The book was well researched and well written and I found it to be an easy read.

It is 4 stars from me for this one – highly recommended and it was a great insight into what women’s lives would have been like in Oxford during this period!

Read the full review here

Donna's Book Blog

Author Q&A as featured by

History Revealed, January 2020

This is a very informative and interesting book looking at mainly the last 150 years, it covers various subjects from health to prisons and work life to education. It’s not just about middle class women who can attend university it’s is about many classes of women and how life has affected them in Oxford.

Read the full review here

UK Historian

About Dr Nell Darby

Dr Nell Darby is a historian and writer whose PhD is in the history of crime, but who originally trained as a newspaper journalist. As the descendant of Victorian performers and journalists, she has long been interested in the lives of nineteenth-century actors, and how these lives were reported in the newspapers. Nell writes the popular Criminal Historian blog; this is her third book.

More titles by Dr Nell Darby

Customers who bought this title also bought...

Other titles in the series...

Other titles in Pen & Sword History...