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Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth by Lucy Aikin


Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth by Lucy Aikin

Lucy Aikin (1791-1864) was a prolific writer of educational and historical works. She was a highly educated woman, influenced by her aunt, the educationalist and writer Anna Laetitia Barbauld. First published in 1818 and subsequently reprinted, Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth focuses on the art, literature, manners and morals of the period, with brief biographies of important individuals. Drawing on published sources rather than archival material, it is a clear and readable narrative that reveals the author's critical insight. This social and personal rather than political approach to history was shared by many nineteenth-century women writers, who stressed the role of women in history, rather than relegating them to the sidelines as most male historians did. Volume 1 covers the period from Elizabeth's birth in 1536 to 1570. For more information on this author, see

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Publication date

21st October 2010


Lucy Aikin

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Cambridge University Press


502 pages


Social & cultural history

Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700



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