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Female Tars

Female Tars

Author: Suzanne J. Stark

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 9781682472699

Category: History

Page: 224

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The wives and female guests of commissioned officers often went to sea in the sailing ships of the British Royal Navy in the 18th and 19th centuries, but there were other women on board as well, rarely mentioned in print. Suzanne Stark has written the story of the women who lived on the lower decks. She thoroughly investigates the custom of allowing prostitutes to live with the crews of warships in port. She provides some judicious answers to questions about what led so many women to such an appalling fate and why the Royal Navy unofficially condoned the practice. She also offers some revealing firsthand accounts of the wives of warrant officers and semen who spent years at sea living—and fighting—beside their men without pay or even food rations, and of the women in male disguise who actually served as seamen or marines. These women’s stories have long intrigued the public as the popularity of the often richly embellished accounts of their exploits has proved. Stark disentangles fact from myth and offers some well-founded explanations for such perplexing phenomena as the willingness of women to join the navy when most of the men had to be forced on board by press gangs. Now available in paperback, this lively history draws on primary sources and so gives an authentic view of life on board the ships of Britain’s old sailing navy and the social context of the period that served to limit roles open to lower-class women. The final chapter is devoted to the autobiography of one redoubtable seagoing woman: Mary Lacy, who served as a seaman in shipwright in the Royal Navy for twelve years.

Tars

Tars

Author: Tim Clayton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848948396

Category: History

Page: 300

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Tars is a gripping firsthand account of life in the Royal Navy during the Seven Years War, from which Britain emerged as the world's major power. Through the lives of the main protagonists - a small band of sailors from across the ranks - Trafalgar author Tim Clayton paints a vivid picture of the navy and the era at its bloodiest and most tempestuous phase, beginning in 1758. From close-quarter battles and roistering on the streets of London to the political decisions that built up and knocked down empires. In this death-or-glory era the navy became the main weapon of an aggressive and power-hungry government, and fighting at sea was carried out at ever-closer quarters and with ever-increasing amounts of firepower. Using never-before published first-person sources, Tars takes us through these men's daily struggles as Britain navigated her course on the political map.

Female Husbands

Female Husbands

Author: Jen Manion

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108483803

Category: History

Page: 355

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A timely and comprehensive history of female husbands in Anglo-America from the eighteenth through the turn of the twentieth century.

Women Warriors

Women Warriors

Author: Tracey-Ann Knight

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445662190

Category: History

Page: 288

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Explores the compelling lives of the extraordinary women who rebelled against constraints placed upon their sex to become warriors.

Women and Literature in Britain, 1700-1800

Women and Literature in Britain, 1700-1800

Author: Vivien Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521586801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 348

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This book, first published in 2000, is an authoritative volume of new essays on women's writing and reading in the eighteenth century.

New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650-1800

New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650-1800

Author: Michele Lise Tarter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198814221

Category: History

Page: 301

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This collection offers a reassessment of early Quaker women. With a central focus on gender, the contributors highlight new discoveries and interpretations about these transatlantic women Friends' pivotal revolutions, disruptions, and networks.

She Captains

She Captains

Author: Joan Druett

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743214377

Category: History

Page: 304

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With her pistols loaded she went aboard And by her side hung a glittering sword In her belt two daggers, well armed for war Was this female smuggler Was this female smuggler who never feared a scar. If a "hen frigate" was any ship carrying a captain's wife, then a "she captain" is a bold woman distinguished for courageous enterprise in the history of the sea. "She captains," who infamously possessed the "bodies of women and the souls of men," thrilled and terrorized their shipmates, doing "deeds beyond the valor of women." Some were "bold and crafty pirates with broadsword in hand." Others were sirens, too, like the Valkyria Princess Alfhild, whom the mariners made rover-captain for her beauty. Like their male counterparts, these astonishing women were drawn to the ocean's beauty -- and its danger. In her inimitable, yarn-spinning style, award-winning historian Joan Druett tells us what life was like for the women who dared to captain ships of their own, don pirates' garb, and perform heroic and hellacious deeds on the high seas. We meet Irish raider Grace "Grania" O'Malley -- sometimes called "the bald Grania" because she cut her hair short like a boy's -- who commanded three galleys and two hundred fighting men. Female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read were wanted by the law. Armed to the teeth with cutlasses and pistols, they inspired awe and admiration as they swaggered about in fancy hats and expensive finery, killing many a man who cowered cravenly before them. Lovelorn Susan "Put on a jolly sailor's dress/And daubed her hands with tar/To cross the raging sea/On board a man of war" to be near her William. Others disguised themselves for economic reasons. In 1835, Ann Jane Thornton signed on as a ship's steward to earn the fair wage of nine dollars per month. When it was discovered that she was a woman, the captain testified that Jane was a capital sailor, but the crew had been suspicious of her from the start, "because she would not drink her grog like a regular seaman." In 1838, twenty-two-year-old Grace Darling led the charge to rescue nine castaways from the wreck of the Forfarshire (the Titanic of its day). "I'll save the crew!" she cried, her courageous pledge immortalized in a torrent of books, songs, and poems. Though "she captains" had been sailing for hundreds of years by the turn of the twentieth century, Scotswoman Betsey Miller made headlines by weathering "storms of the deep when many commanders of the other sex have been driven to pieces on the rocks." From the warrior queens of the sixth century B.C. to the women shipowners influential in opening the Northwest Passage, Druett has assembled a real-life cast of characters whose boldness and bravado will capture popular imagination. Following the arc of maritime history from the female perspective, She Captains' intrepid crew sails forth into a sea of adventure.

Sexual Perversions, 1670–1890

Sexual Perversions, 1670–1890

Author: J. Peakman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230244689

Category: History

Page: 291

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A fascinating glimpse into the history of sexual perversions and diversions including fetishism, cross-dressing, 'effeminate' men and 'masculinized' women, sodomy, tribadism, masturbation, necrophilia, rape, paedophilia, flagellation, and sado-masochism, asking how these sexual inclinations were viewed at a particular time in history.

Women and English Piracy, 1540-1720

Women and English Piracy, 1540-1720

Author: John C. Appleby

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781843838692

Category: History

Page: 282

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Piracy was one of the most gendered criminal activities during the early modern period. As a form of maritime enterprise and organized criminality, it attracted thousands of male recruits whose venturing acquired a global dimension as piratical activity spread across the oceans and seas of the world. At the same time, piracy affected the lives of women in varied ways. Adopting a fresh approach to the subject, this study explores the relationships and contacts between women and pirates during a prolonged period of intense and shifting enterprise. Drawing on a wide body of evidence and based on English and Anglo-American patterns of activity, it argues that the support of female receivers and maintainers was vital to the persistence of piracy around the British Isles at least until the early seventeenth century. The emergence of long-distance and globalized predation had far reaching consequences for female agency. Within colonial America, women continued to play a role in networks of support for mixed groups of pirates and sea rovers; at the same time, such groups of predators established contacts with women of varied backgrounds in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. As such, female agency formed part of the economic and social infrastructure which supported maritime enterprise of contested legality. But it co-existed with the victimisation of women by pirates, including the Barbary corsairs. As this study demonstrates, the interplay between agency and victimhood was manifest in a campaign of petitioning which challenged male perceptions of women's status as victims. Against this background, the book also examines the role of a small number of women pirates, including the lives of Mary Read and Ann Bonny, while addressing the broader issue of limited female recruitment into piracy. JOHN C. APPLEBY is Senior Lecturer in History at Liverpool Hope University.

18th & 19th CENTURY ENGLISH WOMEN AT SEA

18th & 19th CENTURY ENGLISH WOMEN AT SEA

Author: Marilyn Clay

Publisher: The Regency Plume Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 50

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18th and 19th CENTURY ENGLISH WOMEN AT SEA is a lively and entertaining account of the three types of women one would normally find, legally, or illegally, on board a ship during the 18th and early 19th Centuries. 1. Prostitutes. 2. Officer's and midshipmen's wives plus other female passengers during wartime. 3. Women masquerading as sailors or crewmen. This book cover all of them, and also provides colorful but factual accounts of surprising and certainly, little-known, incidents drawn from letters written by sailors and other men at sea, diaries of such famous figures as Admiral Horatio Nelson, as well as autobiographies written in the late 1700s by women, such as Mary Lacy who took to the sea masquerading as men and lived to tell of their experiences. Noted historians who have published works on the same subject are quoted and referenced. Best-selling, multi-published author MARILYN CLAY is a respected historian of the Regency period in English history. For sixteen years she published The Regency Plume, an international newsletter filled with well-researched articles useful to writers, historians and people interested in all aspects of the 18th and early 19th centuries in English history. In addition, Marilyn Clay was invited to contribute essays that were accepted and published in the Encyclopedia of Romanticism: Culture in Britain, 1780s – 1830s (Garland, 1992). Marilyn Clay's Colonial American historical suspense novels include DECEPTIONS: A Jamestown Novel, praised by The Library Journal and Booklist. To escape an arranged marriage, Catherine leaves England for Jamestown in search of her childhood sweetheart. What she finds in the New World nearly destroys her! SECRETS AND LIES: A Jamestown Novel. When four English girls travel to the New World on a Bride Ship to marry settlers and start families, they are instead shocked to discover that someone in Jamestown wants them all dead! Available in ebook as A Petticoat And Lambskin Gloves. BETSY ROSS: ACCIDENTAL SPY is another popular historical suspense novel by Marilyn Clay, set in Philadelphia in 1776. Quaker Betsy Ross sets out to uncover who killed her beloved husband John Ross, but is instead drawn into the dangerous and confusing underworld of spies and double agents. Available in print and e-book. Titles in Marilyn Clay's Regency-set Mystery Series include: MURDER AT MORLAND MANOR, MURDER IN MAYFAIR, MURDER IN MARGATE, MURDER AT MEDLEY PARK, MURDER AT MIDDLEWYCH, MURDER IN MAIDSTONE, MURDER AT MONTFORD HALL, MURDER ON MARSH LANE, MURDER IN MARTINDALE and coming in late 2022 MURDER AT MARLEY CHASE. All are available worldwide in print and Ebook. Kensington Books published many of Marilyn Clay's Regency-set historical novels, all of which were translated to foreign languages. Titles include: Bewitching Lord Winterton, A Pretty Puzzle, Brighton Beauty, Miss Darby's Debut, The Uppity Earl, Felicity's Folly, Miss Eliza's Gentleman Caller, and The Unsuitable Suitor. Marilyn Clay's newest Regency romance novel is titled THE WRONG MISS FAIRFAX. Two look-alike cousins in London lead a love-struck nobleman on a merry chase. If the confused gentleman cannot sort out who is who, he just might propose to the wrong Miss Fairfax. Marilyn Clay's STALKING A KILLER is a contemporary murder mystery set in Dallas. Aspiring PI Amanda Mason must clear her own father from a murder charge before the killer strikes again. Marilyn Clay is the designer of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Marilyn was presented the first golden statuette when the RITA award was unveiled. For more information on the author visit her website at Marilyn Clay Author.