useful links, intriguing people and research leads
This is as it says a repository for information. Lots of information.
This is my attempt to catalogue fascinating tidbits about the people, places and times of Victorians. It is a jumping off point and a delving point for other Victorian enthusiasts.
You may note the distinctly female bias, that’s because I’m an 1880s’ GIRL not an 1880s Boy, as such I have a strong leaning towards women’s stories. As a fiction writer, my protagonists are mainly women and girls so my research focuses on them.
Information and ideas are for sharing so have a look around and enjoy. If you have any useful links or suggestions I would really love to hear them, so drop me a line.
General Women’s History
- The Governess by Sarah fielding 1749
- Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft 1792
- Thoughts on the Education of Daughters by Mary Wollstonecraft
- The wrongs of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
- The private governess Literary Souvenir 1826
- Women Physiologically Considered as to Mind, Morals, Mairrage, Matrimonial Slavery, Fidelity and Divorce by Alexander Walker 1839
- Women and Work by Barbara Bodichon 1859
- On the Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill 1869
- Pioneer Work for Women by Elizabeth Blackwell 1895
- Prosperity and parenthood: a study of family planning amoung the Victorian middle classes by J.A. Banks 1954
- Feminism and Family planning in Victorian England J.A. & Olive Banks 1965
In Their own Words
These are the journals and personal accounts of women themselves. Some of these were published in the authors lifetime others were published posthumously.
- Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada by Anna Jameson 1837
- Harem life in Egypt and Constantinople by Emmeline Lott
- The English governess in Egypt and Turkey 2vol by Emmeline Lott 1866
- A Memoir of Maria Edgeworth by Frances Edgeworth 1867
- The English Governess at the Siamese Court by Leonowens 1870
- At Home With the Gentry: a Victorian English lady’s diary of Russian country life–Amelia Lyons edited by John McNair 1998
- Tale of Truth as well as of Sorrow, a memoir by Hannah Robertson, 1791.
I have grouped these fascinating women into areas of interest.
- Mary Shelley
- Mary Wollstonecraft
- Anna Jameson
- Louisa May Alcott
- Abigail Alcott
- Margret Fuller
- Harriet Martineau
- Mary Wollstonecraft
- Anna Jameson
- Claire Clairmont
- Anna Leonowens
- Nelly Weeton
- Emmeline Lott
- Bessie Rayner-Parkes
- Barbara Bodichon
- Alice Cornwell Robinson-geologist, miner, newspaper owner, business woman
- Rachel Beer– owner and editor of the Sunday Times (London)
- Nellie Bly– Reporter for The World
- Elizabeth Jordan-Reporter for The World
women of Art and Science
- Georgiana Molloy-West Australian Botanist
- Elizabeth Gould-Artist who painted the birds of John Gould and Charles Darwin
Women of Medicine and Education
- Florence Nightengale
- Emily Davies-The force behind Girton College
- Elizabeth Blackwell first qualified female doctor
- Girton College (Ok not a person but the first College for women at Cambridge)
- Hannah More
- Josephine Butler
- The English Women’s Journal
- Fraser’s Magazine
- Ladies Home Journal (US)
- People’s Medical Journal
19th Century Medical references
- Beach’s Family Physician by Dr Wooster Beach, 1861
- Insanity and its Treatment by Dr G. Fielding Blandford, 1871
- Clinical Medicine by Dr Austin Flint, 1879
- A Treatise on Baths by Dr John Bell, 1859
- Diseases of Men, Women and Children on Reform Principles. Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1861.
- Flint, Austin. Clinical Medicine: A Systematic Treatise on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea, 1879.
- Maudsley, Henry. The Physiology and Pathology of the Mind. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1872.
- Yeoman, Thomas Harrison. The People’s Medical Journal, and Family Physician, Vol. L. London: George Vickers, Strand, 1850.
19th century References
- Encyclopaedia of Domestic Economy, 1855