On Wednesday I attended the Association for Medical Humanities conference at the splendid Keele Hall, at Keele University. My presentation was focussed on some of the woodcut and copperplate images of the gravid womb which appeared in English language medical texts throughout the early modern period, and I thought I’d share some of these wonderful […]

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In addition to my books academic or otherwise, I like to contribute articles to history periodicals. I have been writing for Discover Your Ancestors since 2013. Go to their website to read more (discoveryourancestors.co.uk). This is an annual publication, and I always look forward to seeing my pieces come out in this magazine (or bookazine […]

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This morning over on Early Modern Medicine, Jennifer (@HistorianJen) and I were delighted to be able to announce that our book Maladies and Medicines: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540-1740 is now available to pre-order from a number of retailers. See our blog earlymodernmedicine.com for links to some of the best pre-order offers. The book is […]

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I was asked at a recent talk if I had any favorites amongst the early modern women I research and write about, and Brilliana Conway, later Lady Harley (c 1600-1643) sprang to mind. We included a selection from her commonplace book written in 1622 and from her personal letters in our anthology Flesh and Spirit […]

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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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