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Professor Anne Laurence

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University in 1976, was appointed to a chair in History in 2003 and retired in 2015. Since the 1980s my research has moved from English civil war history to the history of gender in the early modern period and 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. Recently, I have taken up the history of the First World war in Oxford.

Research interests

I am currently co-ordinating a community history project  commemorating the 37 men who died in the First World War and who appear on the war memorial in the Oxford parish where I live.



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 groups

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