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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (5 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445606925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445606927
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Bowman was born in London and became an adoptive Essex Girl aged 10 attending school and then college near to Southend on Sea. A freelance writer she developed one article into her first book Essex Girls (2010) researching the lives of historical Essex women both well known and undiscovered. She has followed this with Essex Boys in 2013 a book equally well researched and engaging. She is currently working on her third book to be published 2014.

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'From strumpets to plucky pioneers... Karen's book brings to life a breed of women' ESSEX ECHO. --Essex Echo

About the Author

Born in London, Karen Bowman became an adoptive 'Essex Girl' at the tender age of ten. She has blended her love of history with her knowledge of the county, and has published numerous articles and stories on a variety of historical subjects. The idea for this, her first book, grew out of one such feature, 'Romantic Essex Girls'. Through her research, she has re-discovered and given new life to a great many Essex women, both renowned and unknown. Karen Bowman is married and lives near the South East Essex coast with her family.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clare Mulley on 1 Sept. 2010
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Who exactly is an Essex girl? Apparently Elizabeth I had a claim to the title for one, as did plenty of other fascinating women from Boudicca to Moll Flanders, but what makes this book so much fun to dip into are all the unknown stories ranging from the poor women accused of witchcraft (Essex was known as 'Witch County'), to the county's longer-lasting women such as the now forgotten Mary Ellis whose gravestone tells 'she was a virgin of virtuous courage and very promising hope' - impressive traits that were perhaps required for a woman who lived to be 119 in 1609. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob&Liz on 3 Feb. 2012
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Following all the fuss about Essex girls, it is such a pleasure to read about some truly amazing Essex girls! As an older member of the clan myself it made be proud to be an Essex Girl for once! Interesting stories about all sorts of women- lots of history but written in such an accessible way- am giving it to all my Essex Girl-friends!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TChurch on 16 Aug. 2010
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Essex Girls have endured a bad press in recent times but, in the past, it seems there have been some quite remarkable women. Excellent research by this new author has tapped into a past that had a young girl leave North Benfleet, marry an Indian fighter and become a `mother of the Nation' in a new land...
A wealthy orphan who was adopted by a manipulative merchant who secured estates that way for all his children, forcing her to marry one of his sons. When her `husband' died, she disinherited her own children and began again with a new husband of her choice...
At a time when not to follow the new state-invented religion became a matter of treason, an Essex lady happily went to her death for following her conscience...
As one well known personality used to say: `Not many people know that...'
Karen Bowman's book does the Essex Girls of the past proud.
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By Sarah on 14 Jan. 2014
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Bowman's book looks at a variety of women who all either were born in the county of Essex in England, lived there or had in some way during their lives a connection with Essex. The women in the book come from a range of lifestyles, backgrounds and experiences and yet each and every one of them is quite fascinating in their own right. She also examines a lengthy time frame ranging from early medieval England right up to the early twentieth century.

In the introduction of her book Bowman talks about what life was like for women during the medieval and renaissance periods. She describes how women were given very little freedom and how a great deal of their life was dictated by the Church and men; first their fathers and then their husbands. Women were expected to marry and provide children. Childbirth, a woman's main duty, was extremely dangerous and many women lost their lives during this practice. Women were also expected to run the home, to be submissive and respectful and to never speak their mind. I found this introduction to be extremely powerful and a strong reminder of just how far some women have managed to come in today's modern times.

The women that Bowmen look at in this book are as varied as snowflakes. She talks about the Nuns of Barking Abbey, women who were dedicated to God and were able to support and provide not only for themselves but for the wider community during a time where women were quite repressed and considered to be very little without the strength of a man beside them. She looks at famous women such as Queen Elizabeth I, her aunt Mary Boleyn and Queen Catherine of Braganza all of whom had some attachment to Essex.

Bowman also looks at the tragedies that many women faced during the medieval period.
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