Category Archives: Lady Henry

2018 – celebrating women’s suffrage

  As we enter 2018, we will be hearing a lot more about women’s fight for political equality, celebrating 100 years since females were allowed to vote. Most of the women I have written about have strong links to the … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Every day I seem to discover a new heroine – a woman who was prepared to break the mould of subservient womanhood. As my particular interest lies in the mid/late Victorian period, most of my heroines¬† … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset-inspired short historical romance in My Weekly magazine

Researching and writing the amazing life and work of Lady Henry Somerset has inspired me to do many things – not least of which was writing a short story entitled “Love Amongst the Lavender”, which has been published this week … Continue reading

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Creativity is a state of mind

Creating something of beauty, or something better than you imagined yourself capable of creating, is extremely uplifting. I speak from personal experience here, having recently started art classes with The Seasons Art Class. I dropped art at school when just … Continue reading

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Talent4humanity becomes rosblackcreative

Please don’t rush away if you typed in http://www.talent4humanity.com and this site came up. It is one and the same but I have retitled my blog to avoid confusion with another website. All the Lady Henry Somerset and Duxhurst village … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day – I’d nominate Lady Henry Somerset as a forgotten heroine of social reform

As we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, on International Women’s Day, we should not forget the pioneers of women’s rights in Victorian times. We all remember the suffragettes but there were thousands more women who actively campaigned … Continue reading

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LADY HENRY SOMERSET AND FRANCES WILLARD, FRIENDS ACROSS THE OCEAN

One of the most rewarding aspects of researching the life and work of Lady Henry Somerset has been making contact with academics and researchers on the other side of the world. This summer it has been my great pleasure to … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset and Frances Willard and their relief work during the Armenian crisis of the 1890s

Lady Henry Somerset (standing) and Frances Willard Lady Henry Somerset and Frances Willard, the American temperance leader, had much in common – including a poor taste in hats, it would seem from this old photograph. The 2 women did not … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset portraits by George Frederick Watts

George Frederick Watts was a critically acclaimed Victorian painter who was extremely well connected. His portrait of Lady Henry Somerset which appears on the cover of my biography hangs at Eastnor Castle. There you will also find other family portraits … Continue reading

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TODAY’S PROBLEMS WITH DRINK AND DRUG ABUSE ARE NOT NEW

With the recent death of Amy Winehouse and the acknowledgement (somewhat belatedly) that liver problems amongst the 20 and 30 year olds are on the increase, we must ask ourselves whether society has really learnt anything over the last 120 … Continue reading

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