1913: the last long summer before the war. The country is gripped by suffragette fever. These impassioned crusaders have their admirers; some agree with their aims if not their forceful methods, while others are aghast at the thought of giving any female a vote. Meanwhile, hundreds of women are stepping out on to the streets of Britain. They are the suffragists: non-militant campaigners for the vote, on an astonishing six-week protest march they call the Great Pilgrimage. Rich and poor, young and old, they defy convention, risking jobs, family relationships and even their lives to persuade the country to listen to them. This is a story of ordinary people effecting extraordinary change. By turns dangerous, exhausting and exhilarating, the Great Pilgrimage transformed the personal and political lives of women in Britain for ever.
Hearts and Minds by Jane Robinson is a brilliant, witty and moving account of women's battle to win the vote. There were two key movements: the Suffragettes, prepared to suffer for their cause, including forced feeding and imprisonment, and the Suffragists, devoted to Constitutional action and unwilling to use violence. The book tells the story, still little unknown, of the successful crusade of the Suffragists who walked to London from all over England and from all sections of society. That story is the account of the `Great Pilgrimage of 1913, a key element in the finally successful of the cause of women's suffrage. -- Shirley Williams, the Rt Hon the Baroness Williams of Crosby
A fascinating new perspective on the historic struggle for women's votes. -- Margaret Jay, The Rt Hon the Baroness Jay of Paddington Editor's Choice (History).
Engrossing and impressively detailed. -- Caroline Sanderson * Bookseller *
This book brings to life a seminal period in the history of British women. Jane Robinson has unearthed the stories of scores of women from all classes and all parts of the country, and shows how they were prepared to suffer privation and insult in the pursuit of justice. Her vibrant account is always moving and sometimes hilarious. A lovely book and a great read. -- Dr Alice Prochaska D.Phil, FRHistS, formerly Principal of Somerville College
A great read, painstakingly researched. Takes the reader into the lives of ordinary women and reveals at once their bright optimism and the stamina they showed - reluctantly leaving their children in the care of others, tramping miles in impractical clothes and braving the assaults of their detractors. I doubt protestors today often have to draw on such wells of sheer physical grit! -- Clarissa Farr, recent head of St Paul's Girls School
Publication date: 11/01/2018
|Publication date:||11th January 2018|
|Author:||Jane Robinson, Jane Robinson|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Social & cultural history, Feminism & feminist theory, Demonstrations & protest movements, Political oppression & persecution,|
Jane Robinson (Author) Jane Robinson is also the author of Bluestockings: the Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education. She was born in Edinburgh and brought up in Yorkshire before going to Oxford University to study English Language and Literature at Somerville College. She has worked in the antiquarian book trade and as an archivist and is now a full-time writer and lecturer, specialising in social history through women's eyes. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, member of the Society of Authors, and founder member of Writers in Oxford. She is married with ...More About Jane Robinson, Jane Robinson