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Professor of Women's and #Gender History, with a focus on #Medieval and #EarlyModern. PI on AHRC-funded project, Alice Thornton's Books, a #DigitalHumanities project. A #histodon trying it out here.

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Alice Thornton (1626-1707) used to refer to her husband as ‘my dear heart’, ‘my dearest heart’, or ‘dearest Heart’. For more on this language and her uses of the ❤️ sign or emoji in her writings, check out our post: https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-02-13-AliceThorntonsHeart-Blog/

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Alice Thornton was buried 1 February 1707. For the 317th anniversary of her burial, followed - on 13 February – by the 398th anniversary of her birth, we have a new post looking back at her life through items held at a variety of archives and libraries in England and Ireland. We hope you enjoy this run through Alice Thornton's life and its documentary traces. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2024-02-01-AnniversaryBlog/
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30 Jan. 1649 Charles I was executed. For Alice Thornton, looking back on this c.1669, Charles I was a 'martyr' who was 'cruelly murdered by the hands of blasphemous rebels, his own subjects, at Whitehall, London' (Book 1). https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-01-27-last-days-charlesI/
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There's a mystery surrounding a meeting which Alice Thornton (1626-1707) reported to have happened the day before Charles I was sentenced to death on 27 Jan 1649 . I've blogged about her 'curious account'. Read it and decide... did this secret meeting take place to try and save Charles I? https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-01-27-last-days-charlesI/ @histodons @histodon @litodons

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We have a new most read post for 2023! Thank you for counting down to 2024 with Alice Thornton's Books, and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Our most read blog post is my 'A House Divided', about the Restoration of Charles II and a domestic quarrel. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2022-09-12-a-house-divided/ @litodons @histodons @histodon

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We're down to our top two most read blog posts as we count down to 2024! Last year, my piece about finding two missing Alice Thornton manuscripts was in the very top spot. This year it's at number 2. Find out where the Alice Thornton's Books project all began. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2022-06-23-two-missing-thornton-manuscripts/
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We're down to our top 3 blog posts in our countdown to 2024. You can look forward to the complete edition of Alice Thornton's books next year. Top blog post no. 3 will tell you more about it. Read 'Encoding Alice Thornton's Books' by @sharonhoward https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2022-08-25-encoding-alice-thorntons-books/
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As we look over our top 5 blog posts, what better time to dip into the world of Alice Thornton (1626-1707). We'll keep you reading about the till the Eve of 2024. At no. 4, project postdoc Jo Edge brought us 'Alice Thornton, Memory and Middleham Castle'. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2022-07-25-alice-thornton-middleham-castle/
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Time to put your feet up and read about the ! I'm doing an Alice Thornton's Books top blogs countdown to 2024. At No.5 it's a blog post you all ❤️ by myself and Suzanne Trill: 'Alice Thornton’s Heart: An Early Modern Emoji'.
https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-02-13-AliceThorntonsHeart-Blog/ @histodons @histodon @litodons

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My colleague, Suzanne Trill, has written an explainer of the new search function for our edition of Alice Thornton's . https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-12-04-search-function-blog/
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Check out version v1.3.0 of our edition of Alice Thornton's Books. We have a new search function for people and places. Links that go to our partial release are live (others show up but are currently disabled). We also have some sample bios up for the 14 people named in the first 22 pages of her 'Book of Remembrances'. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/entities/

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We have also added more detail on the site about Alice Thornton's four manuscript books, especially her 'Book of Remembrances' which is where the 103pp of the partial release are from
https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/books/
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While four autobiograpical accounts of Alice Thornton's (1626-1707) life exist, each one is different from the others as she changed the structure and rewrote events.

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If you are interested in learning more about the four Thornton manuscripts, see our page here:
https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/books/


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Postdoc on the Alice Thornton's Books project, Dr Jo Edge, has blogged about some of the herbal remedies used and written about by Alice Thornton (1626-1707) for pain relief, fits and small pox.
https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-11-16-alice-thornton-herbal-medicine/
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For we are sharing a short 'The Making of "The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton"'. Hear how our project team worked with actor/writer Debbie Cannon and director Flavia D'Avila to stage Alice Thornton's words.
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Throwback podcast! In 2021, during lockdown, the writer and actor Debbie Cannon was interviewed by Lottie Walker about all things Alice Thornton. They talk about the one-woman play, 'The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton', which we are now bringing to Durham Cathedral (October 19 and 20th 2023). The podcast has now been uploaded to youtube so do have a listen! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtSzOiDImPw
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Alice Thornton purchased 6 cows in 1662 and a heated argument ensued between her and her husband. A section of text is missing where she described this (pp.57-8), cut away. Was this Thornton or a later owner? Have a look at our edition which includes an image of the manuscript, now at Durham Cathedral Library.
https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/books/viewer/?&p0.lo=p.58&p0.vi=modern
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We now have 103 pages of Thornton's 'Book of Remembrances' up on the Alice Thornton's Books website, in modernised and semi-diplomatic versions: https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/books/viewer/?&p0.lo=p.23&p0.vi=modern
Today's update starts in Dublin 1640 with the death of Alice's father, Christopher Wandesford. Check it out. @histodons @histodon @litodons

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Creative writer Eleanor Thom has blogged about what caught her eye in the new release here: https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-09-15-digital-edition-eleanor-picks/ @histodons @histodon @litodons

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I spoke to Mark Turnbull
about Alice Thornton, finding two of her missing manuscripts and her life in the turbulent . Subscribe to CavalierCast & listen on your regular podcast platform: episode 28, 'Alice Thornton's manuscripts'.
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The Alice Thornton's Books project is partnered with Durham Cathedral. We will have four days and nights of public events there
18-21 October so I decided to blog about five links between Alice Thornton and Durham Cathedral to hopefully wet your interest.
https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-09-07-Thornton-Durham-cathedral/
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Today is so I blogged about the Alice Thornton (1626-1797) letters we have found. While Thornton is best known for writing four books about her life, we know that she frequently communicated by letter and we have been able to trace 26 of her holograph letters, with the latest written only a year before her death. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-09-01-Thornton-Letters/
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Why did Alice Thornton's uncle die suddenly in autumn 1647? According to Thornton, it was because he gorged on melons grown at his South Yorkshire estates. Jo Edge examines why melons were considered so desirable - and yet so dangerous - in the early modern period. https://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/food/forbidden-fruit/

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in 1644, Alice Thornton's sister, Katherine Danby, gave birth to her 15th child at Middleham Castle while her husband was a fugitive in the civil war. Alice, on horseback, nearly drowned in the river en route: 'the poor mare drew up her forefeet & I perceived she did swim' (Book1). See further https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2022-07-25-alice-thornton-middleham-castle/

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