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Talk: Georgian London’s Fallen Women – London, 16 March

11 March 2017

Hello all! I’m delighted to let you know that I’ll be at the National Maritime Museum in London this Thursday (16 March) to give a talk on the lives and loves of the...

Exhibition: Love Bites – Caricatures by James Gillray

4 May 2015

To mark 200 years since satirist James Gillray’s death, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is currently holding an exhibition in his honour. During his lifetime he created over...

Miss Wish-Husband & The Old Maid’s Advice, 1748

4 April 2015

Today it occurred to me that if I were living in the eighteenth century I would be quite firmly set in the realm of confirmed spinster. Setting any associated nervous breakdown aside...

Beauty, Sex & Power at the Restoration Court

24 February 2015

… Or, what not to read on a packed bus. I don’t often harp on here about things written recently (or, you know, since the Crimean War), but I SO enjoyed this romp of a...