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Professor Anne Laurence

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Profile summary

  • Emeritus Professor
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • History
  • e.a.laurence

Professional biography

I joined the Open University in 1976 and was appointed to a chair in History in 2003 and retired in 2015. Since the 1980s my research has moved away from civil war history to the history of gender in the early modern period and, most recently, to the history of the early years of the eighteenth-century financial revolution, with a special interest in women investors and women, wealth and property . 

Research interests

I’m currently working on a comparative study of women in England, Scotland Ireland and Wales in the seventeenth century. I am also working on women's wealth in land and investment in the period 1600-1740 . I am interested in the history of confication and forfeiture c.1530-1750 and in women historians who worked in the nineteenth century.

Publications

My books include:

Women and their Money 1700-1950: Essays on Women and Finance, London: Routledge, 2009 [edited with Josephine Maltby and Janette Rutterford]

Women, Scholarship and Criticism: Gender and Knowledge c.1790-1900, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000 [edited with Joan Bellamy and Gill Perry]

Women in England 1500-1760: A Social History, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson/Orion, 1994, 1995, 2002

‘Parliamentary Army Chaplains 1642-1651’, Woodbridge: Royal Historical Society Studies in History, 1990

John Bunyan and his England, London: Hambledon, 1990 [edited with W.R. Owens and S. Sim]

My articles and chapters include:

‘Exploiting Dante: Dante and his women popularisers, 1850-1910’ (pp.281-301), in N. Havely (ed.), Dante in the Nineteenth Century, Oxford: Peter Lang (2011)

‘Using buildings to understand social history: Britain and Ireland in the seventeenth century’ (pp.103-122), in Karen Harvey (ed.), History and Material Culture, London: Routledge (2009)

‘Lady Betty Hastings (1682-1739): godly patron’, Women’s History Review 19 (2), pp.201-213 (2009)

‘Les femmes et la transmission de la propriété. L’héritage dans les îles Britanniques au XVIIe siècle’, XVIIe Siècle 244, pp. 435-50 (2009)

‘Women, banks and the securities market in early eighteenth century England’ (pp.46-58), in Anne Laurence, Josephine Maltby and Janette Rutterford (eds), Women and their Money 1700-1950: Essays on Women and Finance, London: Routledge International Studies in Business History, 2009

‘Real and imagined communities in the lives of women in seventeenth-century Ireland: identity and gender’ (pp.13-27), in Sue Broomhall & Tarbin (eds), Women, Identities and Communities in Early Modern Europe, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008

‘The emergence of a private clientèle for banks in the early eighteenth century: Hoare’s Bank and some women customers’, Economic History Review 61 (3), (pp.565-86), 2008

‘Women investors, ‘that nasty South Sea affair’ and the rage to speculate in early eighteenth-century England’, Accounting, Business and Financial History 16 (2), (pp.245-264), 2006 (awarded the Basil Yamey prize 2007)

‘Lady Betty Hastings, her half-sisters and the South Sea Bubble: family fortunes and strategies’, Women’s History Review 15 (pp.533-540), 2006

‘Women, godliness and personal appearance in seventeenth-century England’, Women’s History Review 15 (pp.69-81), 2006

‘Did the nature of the enemy make a difference? Chaplains in the wars of the three kingdoms 1642-9’, in Doris Bergen (ed.), The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains for the First to the Twenty-First Century (pp.89-104), Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004

‘Women in the British Isles in the sixteenth century’, in Robert Tittler and Norman Jones (eds), A Companion to Tudor Britain (pp.381-399), Blackwell, 2004

‘Space, status and gender in English topographical paintings c.1660-c.1740’, Architectural History 46 (pp.81-94), 2003

‘Women using building in seventeenth-century England: a question of sources?’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 6th series 13 (2003)

‘Daniel’s practice: the daily round of godly women in seventeenth-century England’, in R.N. Swanson (ed.), The Use and Abuse of Time in Christian History, Studies in Church History 37, 2002

‘"Begging pardon for all mistakes in the writeing I being a woman & doeing itt myselfe": family narratives in some early eighteenth-century letters’, in James Daybell (ed.), Early Modern Women’s Letter Writing, 1450-1700, Palgrave, 2001

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Financial History GroupGroupThe Faculty of Business and Law
Gender in the Humanities Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

Publications

Lady Betty Hastings (1682-1739): Godly patron (2010)
Laurence, Anne
Women's History Review, 19(2) (pp. 201-213)
Women and the Transmission of Property: Inheritance in the British Isles in the 17th Century (2009)
Laurence, Anne
Dix-septième siècle, 244(3) (pp. 435-450)
The emergence of a private clientele for banks in the early eighteenth century: Hoare's Bank and some women customers (2008-08)
Laurence, Anne
Economic History Review, 61(3) (pp. 565-586)
Lady Betty Hastings, her half-sisters and the South Sea Bubble: family fortunes and strategies (2006-09)
Laurence, Anne
Women's History Review, 15(4) (pp. 533-540)
Women investors, 'that nasty South Sea affair', and the rage to speculate in early eighteenth-century England (2006-07)
Laurence, Anne
Accounting, Business and Financial History, 16(2) (pp. 245-264)
Women, godliness and personal appearance in seventeenth-century England (2006)
Laurence, Anne
Women's History Review, 15(1) (pp. 69-81)
Women using building in seventeenth-century England: a question of sources? (2003-11-20)
Laurence, Anne
Royal Historical Society Transactions, 13 (pp. 293-303)
Space, status and gender in English topographical paintings c.1660-c.1740 (2003)
Laurence, Anne
Architectural History, 46 (pp. 81-94)
Exploiting Dante: Dante and his women popularizers, 1850-1910 (2011)
Laurence, Anne
In: Havely, Nick ed. Dante in the Nineteenth Century: Reception, Canonicity, Popularization. Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts (19) (pp. 281-301)
ISBN : 978-3-03911-979-0 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Oxford/Bern
Women, banks and the securities market in early eighteenth century England (2009-11-07)
Laurence, Anne
In: Laurence, Anne; Maltby, Josephine and Rutterford, Janette eds. Women and their Money 1700-1950: Essays on Women and Finance. Routledge International Studies in Business History (pp. 46-58)
ISBN : 9780415419765 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Using buildings to understand social history: Britain and Ireland in the seventeenth century (2009)
Laurence, Anne
In: Harvey, Karen ed. History and Material Culture. Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources (pp. 103-122)
ISBN : 978-0-415-45932-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Introduction (2009)
Laurence, A.; Maltby, J. and Rutterford, J.
In: Laurence, A.; Maltby, J and Rutterford, J. eds. Women and Their Money 1700-1950: Essays on Women in Finance
ISBN : 978-0415419765 | Publisher : Routledge
Real and imagined communities in the lives of women in seventeenth-century Ireland: identity and gender (2008-05)
Laurence, Anne
In: Tarbin, Stephanie and Broomhall, Susan eds. Women, Identities and Communities in Early Modern Europe (pp. 13-27)
ISBN : 978-0-7546-6184-9 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK
Women in the British Isles (2004-07)
Laurence, Anne
In: Tittler, Robert and Jones, Norman eds. A Companion to Tudor Britain. Blackwell Companions to British History (pp. 381-399)
ISBN : 063123618X | Publisher : Blackwell | Published : Oxford, UK
Did the nature of the enemy make a difference? Chaplains in the wars of the three kingdoms 1642-9 (2004)
Laurence, Anne
In: Bergen, Doris L. ed. The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains for the First to the Twenty-First Century (pp. 89-104)
ISBN : 0-268-02175-9 | Publisher : University of Notre Dame Press | Published : Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
Daniel’s practice: the daily round of godly women in seventeenth-century England (2002)
Laurence, Anne
In: Swanson, R.N. ed. The Use and abuse of time in Christian history. Studies in Church History (pp. 173-184)
ISBN : 952973375 | Publisher : Boydell and Brewer
'Begging pardon for all mistakes in this writeing I being a woman and doeing itt myselfe': family narratives in some early eighteenth-century letters (2001-08)
Laurence, Anne
In: Daybell, James ed. Early modern women’s letter writing, 1450-1700 (pp. 194-206)
ISBN : 333945794 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke, UK
The child is mother to the woman (2001)
Laurence, Anne
In: Hudson, Pat ed. Living Economic and Social History (pp. 204-208)
ISBN : 954021606 | Publisher : Economic History Society | Published : Glasgow
Women historians and documentary research (2000)
Laurence, Anne
In: Laurence, Anne; Bellamy, Joan and Perry, Gillian eds. Women, Scholarship and Criticism: Gender and Knowledge c. 1790-1900 (pp. 125-141)
ISBN : 0-7190-5719-1 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
This sad and deplorable condition: an attempt towards recovering an account of the sufferings of northern clergy families in the 1640s and 1650s (1999-07-28)
Laurence, Anne
In: Wood, Diana ed. Life and Thought in the Northern Church c. 1100-c. 1700: Essays in honour of Claire Cross (pp. 465-488)
ISBN : 952973324 | Publisher : Boydell & Brewer | Published : Woodbridge
Women and their money 1700-1950: Essays on women and finance (2009)
Laurence, Anne; Maltby, Josephine and Rutterford, Janette eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-41976-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Women, Scholarship and Criticism: Gender and Knowledge, c.1790-1900 (2000)
Laurence, Anne; Bellamy, Joan and Perry, Gillian eds.
ISBN : 9780719057205 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
Women, Scholarship and Criticism: Gender and Knowledge c. 1790-1900 (2000)
Laurence, Anne; Bellamy, Joan and Perry, Gillian eds.
ISBN : 719057191 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
John Bunyan and his England 1628-88 (1990)
Laurence, Anne; Owens, W. R. and Sim, Stuart eds.
ISBN : 1852850272 | Publisher : The Hambledon Press | Published : London