A Historical Dictionary of British Women
This reference book, containing the biographies of more than 1,100 notable British women from Boudicca to Barbara Castle, is an absorbing record of female achievement spanning some 2,000 years of British life.
Most of the lives included are those of women whose work took them in some way before the public and who therefore played a direct and important role in broadening the horizons of women. Also included are women who influenced events in a more indirect way: the wives of kings and politicians, mistresses, ladies in waiting and society hostesses.
Originally published as The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women, this newly re-worked edition includes key figures who have died in the last 20 years, such as The Queen Mother, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw, Elizabeth Jennings and Christina Foyle.
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One problem with the book -- Katherine Parr. She married Sir Edward Borough, grandson of the 2nd Baron who was declared insane, never called to Parliament as the "2nd Baron", and died in 1528. Katherine and Sir Edward were married in 1529, he died in 1533. The author didn't do her research on Queen Katherine before she wrote this book, obviously.