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Compelling insight into Victorian women's lives,
This review is from: Women's Lives: Researching Women's Social History 1800-1939 (Paperback)
I have just read Jennifer Newby's book and not only did I find it a page turner but a very useful guide for my family history research. Unlike many guides I have used in the past this book isn't dry and boring to read but it is full of delightful stories of 19th century women and I really felt I had a better understanding of my own female ancestors after reading it.
It is often hard to find sources about Victorian women so the research starting points and sources list at the end of each chapter is and will continue to prove very useful to me. Jennifer Newby doesn't limit her focus to one social group but includes all types of women from factory girls, land girls and servants to aristocrats and even criminals. Women of the 19th century speak out about their lives through the pages of this book and it offers a compelling insight into an area of history that has been traditionally overlooked.