REVIEW: Images of the National Archives: Suffragettes
March 29, 2020

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This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review.

Images of The National Archives: Suffragettes by Laura Willmott is a treasure trove of photographs and documents from the turbulent times of the various sects of British feminists who devoted their time, resources, and even their lives to getting the vote.

This photographic time capsule features images of many kinds:

  • snapshots of women with their protest signs
  • photos of the most dangerous of the more militant suffragettes, collected by police
  • scans of letters written by suffragettes while imprisoned
  • political cartoons of the era where suffragists were portrayed as men in drag
  • related documents

The collection is fairly short, less than 100 pages, but includes a basic but well-written chronological history of the suffragette struggle between pages of high-quality images.

A quick and informative read, this is a great little book of photography for fans of women’s history.

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast and the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle (historical fiction), The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street (historical romance), and The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII (non-fiction). Jill launched The Lazy Historian in 2015. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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Hi, I'm Jillianne.

I'm a historical fiction writer, a lover of history, and a hoarder of books. I'm the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle, The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII.

The Lazy Historian is a history blog featuring stories from the past with sass. With a focus on Western European and women's history, I delve into anything fascinating. Learn more.