Reviews of Mary Hardy and her World will be featured here as they are published.

The links lead to fuller extracts from each one.

13 July 2020  |  A comprehensive four-page review was published in the Journal of the Aylsham Local History Society, volume 11, no. 9, for August 2020. By Maggie Vaughan-Lewis, the former Surrey County Archivist, it covers all four volumes. The review concludes:

“This really is a lifetime achievement, . . . giving us a unique experience of the past, through the world of Mary Hardy; we travel with, and are almost jostled by, the throng of characters in alehouses, ports, towns and breweries. The smell of malt lingers in the pages.”

13 June 2020  |  The second appeared in the Newsletter of The Chapels Society (no. 74, May 2020). In a detailed review relating primarily to Volume 3, Bill Jacob, President of the society, concludes with this praise for all four volumes:

“All are beautifully produced, with many illustrations, and reflect extensive archival research and state-of-the-art scholarship in all areas with which I have any familiarity.”

29 May 2020  |  The first appeared in the Methodist Recorder of 29 May 2020. In a detailed review also relating primarily to Volume 3, Harvey Richardson, a supernumerary minister, refers to “this beautifully produced volume . . .”

“. . . the third in a four-volume set exploring and uncovering the great richness and agitation within the social, religious and economic challenges of the time.”

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Pre-publication article

Rowan Mantell highlights some intriguing features of Mary Hardy’s record:  250-year-old diary