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The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History
 
 
Author
Linda Colley.
Publisher Pantheon/BOMC  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780375421532
Pages/Publication Date 363/2007
Daedalus Item Code 92943
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In this reconstruction of an 18th-century woman's extraordinary and turbulent life, historian Linda Colley not only tells the story of a woman ahead of her time, she also opens a window onto the first global era. As Bookmarks Magazine noted, "Instead of portraying a life played out against world history, Colley turns the genre on its head and presents world history as it played out in a single life." A shipwright's daughter, Elizabeth Marsh spent her life traveling and reinventing herself—she both narrowly escaped being made part of the sultan of Morocco's harem and traveled across India with an unmarried British officer—and witnessed a common world being forged across nations, continents, and oceans by war, empire, trade, navies, slavery, and print.

"This is a remarkable book, both for its contents and because it is a new species of biography.... Linda Colley has written a full-blown economic romance with an extraordinary range ... bringing all the resources of her skills as a historian and researcher to her story. It is a major achievement and an enthralling narrative."—Guardian (London)

 
 
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