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The May 2019 update adds 29 new articles featuring 30 lives and 8 portrait likenesses. The main focus is the lives of women from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. This update was curated by Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan of the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Dr Anders Ingram of the ODNB.
The daughter of Francis Walsingham, Frances married first Sir Philip Sidney, then Robert Devereux, second earl of Essex, and finally Richard Burke, fourth earl of Clanricarde. Drawing ably on these noble kin and marriage networks throughout her life, she acted with considerable agency in the tumultuous later years of Essex’s career.