Tag: Divorce

Caroline Norton

Caroline Norton

The woman who fought for – and won – rights for married women in England

Francine Ryan demonstrates how Caroline Norton, a Victorian-era woman who ‘never pretended to the wild and ridiculous doctrine of equality’ campaigned for married women’s rights to child custody and property. Continue reading
Anne Askew

Anne Askew: dangerous convictions

Poet Claire Askew has composed three powerful new works to her probable 16th century ancestor.

A scholar and a poet too, Anne was the first English woman to demand a divorce, and the only woman on record to be tortured in the Tower of London. Could the men of the rack force Anne to give up her dangerous secrets? Continue reading