Praise for the Diary volumes in a long academic book review
‘One of the most consistent, enduring and revealing primary sources of its period’. In his very detailed book review in a top historical journal a Professor of Eighteenth-Century History gives his verdict on the Burnham Press edition of the Diary of Mary Hardy.
As well providing a summary of Mary Hardy’s life Emeritus Professor Grayson Ditchfield analyses the diary’s significance and the way it has been edited and produced. His review contains not a single criticism. The concluding paragraph begins:
‘This is a source which illuminates much of the social as well as the topographical landscape of its time, revealing the possibilities of upward social mobility in the agricultural and proto-industrialising world of the later eighteenth century.’
The academic journal: the first in its field
The full text of the review is published in printed form and online in the February 2015 edition of the English Historical Review, the oldest journal of historical scholarship in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1886, it is published six times a year.
Full details of where to find the review are given under the Diary Reviews pages.