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Letter from Sir David Cannadine

What's New: May 2019

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.

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Frances Devereux, countess of Essex and Clanricarde (c.1568–1632)

Frances Devereux

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.




MAY 24, 2019

Queen Victoria's 200th birthday

In celebration of Victoria’s 200th birthday, discover six facts you may not have known about one of the longest-reigning British monarchs.

MAY 9, 2019

What's new: May 2019

The latest update adds 29 new articles focusing on the lives of early modern women.

MAY 3, 2019

Eight facts about past poet laureates

Discover the rich history of Britain's poet laureates ahead of the announcement of the next laureate this May.