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Guest Post: Dr Eugenia Russell & Dr Quentin Russell

A Study About Women’s Lives Completes Watford Social History Trilogy

This September a new social history study about women’s lives in Watford appears under Pen & Sword History. Struggle and Suffrage in Watford (1850–1950) by Eugenia and Quentin Russell is the first social history about women to be written specifically about Watford. It throws light on the lives, hopes and struggles of women in the Watford area (or South West Hertfordshire, traditionally served by the Watford Observer newspaper).

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Ladies of Magna Carta – Blog Tour Round-Up

We’ve had so much fun organising and following the blog tour for Ladies of Magna Carta by Sharon Bennett Connolly.

We want to say a big thank you to Sharon for all her support in putting together the tour, her fascinating guest posts and for sharing news of the tour far and wide!

We also want to say a massive thank you to all the lovely bloggers who were involved. We’ve loved reading all your posts!

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Author Guest Post: Rose Sgueglia

On writing about Coco Chanel

My grandmother only wears Chanel no 5. Growing up, to me, it was not just a powerful scent like any other, it was nan’s perfume. So when the opportunity came along, I couldn’t help but wonder if I had been prepared for this ever since.

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Blog Tour – Ladies of Magna Carta

We’re very excited to launch the Ladies of Magna Carta blog tour with a guest post from Sharon Bennett Connolly. We hope you enjoy following the tour!

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Guest Post: Tim Heath: Hitler’s Housewives – German Women on the Home Front

Hitler’s Housewives-German Women on the Home Front is an intimate and provocative view into the lives of women in Third Reich Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

It is interesting to note that during Adolf Hitler’s 1932 election campaign over half those citizens who voted for Hitler were female. The reasons for this are quite distinct. It was Germany’s women who probably suffered most during the great instability of the post 1918 years. As the worldwide depression hit Germany husbands lost their jobs rival political groups brawled on the streets, the mortality rate among the young soared and it was nothing out of the normal for a family of six to lose four of its children to malnutrition and disease.

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Marie Antoinette: Dauphins and Dentistry

We have an exciting guest post from Pen and Sword author and historian of Georgian royalty, Catherine Curzon. We hope you enjoy!

Marie Antoinette is an icon of tragic glamour, clad in silks and strutting in her stuff in towering wigs. But the road to the Bourbon throne was far from easy. If dental surgery brings you out in a cold sweat, you have been warned.

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Author Lecture: Vivien Newman – Corona Poets – Echoes of Great War

We have another fascinating lecture to share with you from Vivien Newman.

Over 100 years separate poetry written during the Great War and today’s coronavirus. So much in the world has changed, but not the things which really matter.


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Bringing ‘Dark Ages’ Women into the Light – Annie Whitehead

The subject of my first novel, Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, daughter of Alfred the Great, was someone whose life was somewhat of a paradox. She ruled as a queen but wasn’t given the title. She clearly led a remarkable life but wasn’t much remarked upon. Her story was crying out to be told, yet it was surprising to discover that – and to the best of my knowledge this still holds true – no one else had told that story in the form of a novel.

My subsequent novels featured equally interesting female characters, including Ælfthryth, the woman who is often cited as being the first crowned consort of an English king, and who went on to find herself accused of witchcraft and regicide.

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Author Guest Post: Adrian Searle

Ménage à trois? Nothing was ever too much for the infamous Sophie Dawes

Most definitions of the French term ménage à trois – literally in English meaning ‘a household of three’ – rightly suggest that in modern parlance it usually refers to a one-off sexual liaison, a threesome, rather than to any formal domestic arrangement. Two hundred years ago It was the other way round for Sophie Dawes. She was part of a highly convenient domestic set-up with no suggestion of a three-way sexual liaison.

But there was a twist!

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In the news: The Titanic and the City of Widows it left Behind

When Titanic foundered in April 1912, the world’s focus was on the tragedy of the passengers who lost their lives. Ever since, in films, dramatisations, adaptations and books, the focus has mostly continued to be on the ones who died.

The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind focuses on another group of people – the widows and children of the crew who perished on board.

Author Julie Cook’s great-grandfather was a stoker who died on Titanic. Her great-grandmother had to raise five children with no breadwinner.

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