Dr Sara Read

Dr Sara Read

Academic, Novelist, Grandma, Dog Walker

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Maladies and Medicine

Maladies and Medicine

Health and Healing in History

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In 2014 Manchester University Press published an anthology I co-edited with Dr Rachel Adcock (Keele University) and Dr Anna Ziomek (Reading University). Flesh and Spirit is a collection of women’s writing by seventeenth-century women who understood their bodily and spiritual health to be inextricably connected. The summary reads: This anthology makes accessible to readers ten […]

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In April last year, I traveled up to Manchester to chat to Hannah Kate of North Manchester FM. You can find Hannah on Twitter (@HannahKateish) Hannah and I found we had a lot in common and had plenty to talk about! You can have a browse around Hannah’s blog here You can listen again to […]

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In March 2015 Jennifer Evans (@HistorianJen) and I recorded an interview with The AskHistorians Podcast. Ours is episode 32 and can be listened to below:   http://askhistorians.libsyn.com/askhistorians-podcast-032-early-modern-medicine-womens-health     Jennifer has written an amazing book on aphrodisiacs and sexuality in early modern England which can be purchased here. The book’s chapters are: Texts, Readers and […]

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Read my article about the early seventeenth century play A Yorkshire Tragedy which I wrote for the wonderful ‘Interesting Literature’ blog run by Oliver Tearle. This play was based on real life events in Yorkshire and dramatizes a terrible domestic violence case. It was published under the name of William Shakespeare, but experts no longer […]

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Last May I filmed a short video about John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, Book 9. In August, on a boiling summer’s day the production team and I met up again to film the sequel: Paradise Lost, Book 10. You can see both films and read the accompanying guide by clicking this link.   These […]

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Read my interview with Tattooed Mummy from June 2015 by clicking this link. Tattooed Mummy’s Randoms is a fascinating blog which covers topics such as the Wordy Wednesday interviews with local authors, alongside parenting advice and camping tips!  

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In December 2016, I did a short interview with the Guardian newspaper, which you can read here. The interview begins: I am from Lincolnshire originally but grew up in various towns in England and Wales as a result of my dad’s career. My husband and I moved to the West Midlands in the mid-1990s when […]

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Read a review of Maids, Wives, Widows on Jem Bloomfield’s ‘Quite Irregular’ blog here. Maids, Mothers, Widows is an engrossing and brilliant book, which combines historical scholarship with a vivid style and a knack for the poignant or disturbing detail.   Dr Bloomfield’s own book Word of Power: Reading Shakespeare and the Bible (2016) is […]

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