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Jessica Malay

Professor Jessica Malay: Creating a Courtier: The young Anne Clifford

Saturday 29 April, 1.30 - 2.30pm, OS.0.01, Michael Berry lecture theatre, Old Sessions House


Anne Clifford is best known for her reconstruction of portions of Westmorland and Yorkshire, including rebuilding five castles, after inheriting the vast Northern lands of the Cliffords in the 1640s. However, her life as a courtier during the reigns of Elizabeth, James and Charles I, is often overlooked. Anne Clifford spent sixty years in the south, often closely involved in the courts of these monarchs. This talk will explore her early training in courtiership under the guidance of her mother Margaret Countess of Cumberland and her aunt Anne, Countess of Warwick. It will explore her experiences as a child courtier and her understanding of the role of an aristocrat in contributing to political milieu of the period.


Reverend Professor Jessica Malay, FRHistS, is Associate Dean of Research at the University of Huddersfield. She has written widely on Renaissance women, and is a leading expert on the work and life of the Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676). She is the editor of Anne Clifford’s Great Books of Record (2015) and also Anne Clifford’s Autobiographical Writing 1590-1676 (2018). She is currently writing a biography on Lady Anne.

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Anne Clifford's Autobiographical Writing, 1590-1676

Paperback, 17/01/2018, £19.99
Anne Clifford describes the dramatic and tragic events of her life in the seventeenth century. Of how she danced in the masques of Inigo Jones, experienced both joy and abuse in her two marriages, lost and gained an inheritance, and successfully defended her rights against kings and armies. All told in rich detail amidst the backdrop of daily life. -- .

The Case of Mistress Mary Hampson: Her Story of Marital Abuse and Defiance in Seventeenth-Century England

Paperback, 29/01/2014, £18.99
This book, which features the autobiographical narrative of Mistress Mary Hampson, a 17th-century woman in an abusive and violent marriage, reconstructs the events in and around this harrowing tale and rescues a compelling and complicated voice from the past.
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