R. A. Bull

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Damn' Rebel Bitches: The Women of the '45 by M Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars good rousing adventure, 30 Mar 2013
Bonnie Prince Charlie seemed to rouse the sympathies of many a Scots lass, and Maggie Craig quickly brings them all before our enthralled eyes. Perhaps the most adventurous of this 18th century band of women was Anne Mackintosh from near Inverness. While her husband was captain of a company for the reigning Hanovers, she raised a whole regiment for the rebel Jacobites. None-the-less, when he was captured and handed over to her on parole, they still managed to greet each other politely, and their marriage continued happily after she was released from her subsequent arrest and imprisonment. Meanwhile, behind all the high jinks of young ladies acting out their inner warrior, hangs the… Read more
English Society 1688 - 1832: Ideology, Social Stru&hellip by J. C. D. Clark
In this seminal work Clark rethinks the history of the 'long 18th century' from the Glorious Revolution ( a.k.a the Dutch invasion ) to the Great Reform Act which at last recast the hide-bound nature of the British Parliament. He argues that throughout this time the Established Church was a much under-estimated Tory force, that little changed with the Whig Revolution for the nation as a whole, that the crucial, hard-fought issues were always the religious ones, and that political reform only became possible after a popular sea-change of Dissent. His argument is dense, requiring careful reading, but wide-ranging and extremely thorough in its coverage of the many issues and protagonists of… Read more
The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (Broadview L&hellip by Eliza Haywood
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5.0 out of 5 stars an unknown gem, 30 Mar 2013
Why have we never heard of this striking early novel. Published in 1751, a contemporary of Fielding's 'Tom Jones' and Smollett's 'Peregrine Pickle', it is no picaresque road novel but a complex study of family life that compares well with 'Pride & Prejudice', written 60 years later. However, set in the ruthless society of George II, Eliza Haywood comes to grips with feminist issues that Jane Austin slides past: in their progress through the marriage stakes the heroine is nearly raped, and one of her friends suffers seduction, pregnancy and a back street abortion. For Haywood was writing near the end of a vigorous life which had included an affair with a notorious poet, acting, and… Read more