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History February 2013

Famous Mothers and Daughters

At the February meeting, seven members of the History Group gave a series of short talks on famous mothers and daughters from the Tudor Period to the Present.

The talks began with Margaret Tudor, second daughter of Henry VII and her daughter Margaret Douglas, and moved on to the 18th century Empress Maria Theresa, the only woman to rule the Hapsburg Empire, and her daughter, the ill fated Marie Antoinette. The complex relationships and politics of these periods were brought out clearly by the speakers.

The struggle for women’s rights in the second half of the 18th century was covered in the life of Mary Wollstonecraft, followed by the adventures of her daughter, the colourful Mary Shelley, mistress then wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley and author of Frankenstein. Continue reading History February 2013