“Go seek her genius”: Introducing Anna Seward

In the north transept of Lichfield's ancient cathedral stands a sculpture of a young woman sitting under a willow tree. She holds a scroll in her hand and her head is dropped in a gesture of grief. Below her there is a plaque bearing the words above “What poet’s voice is smothered here in dust...”, penned by Walter Scott. Some steps ahead, beneath the Choir Pavement lies the poet and scholar Anna Seward.


Priscilla Wakefield: On Economy, Education and Women’s Place in Society

Surfing 18th-century databases, library catalogues, taking notes and indulging in sessions of brainstorming has been my main occupation during this summer. Searching for a PhD project has proven an activity as frustrating as interesting. Granted, I have not found that one perfect original idea yet, but I have learnt a lot about other things in the... Continue Reading →

Newstead Abbey: Home of Byron

The first time I came across Newstead Abbey was when I received my second-hand copy of Leslie Marchand's "Byron: A Portrait". In the middle of the biography, as usual, there is a section with pictures and portraits, one of them, of a beautiful building, with a footnote that read "Newstead Priory, Nottinghamshire". I didn't know... Continue Reading →

Visiting Chatsworth House

During my recent trip to Sheffield I could not miss the chance to visit the nearby Chatsworth House, known for being the real life Pemberley (Pride and Prejudice, Joe Wright, 2005). The following is a brief account of my visit, featuring my friends Begoña and Jana, who came along with me to see me at... Continue Reading →

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