'Life Among These Unknown Revolutionaries’: Traces of Lucy Hutchinson’s Memoirs in the Spanish and Italian Historiography of the English Revolution

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Abstract

Translations of Lucy Hutchinson’s Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson seem to be limited to the French, thanks to the translation included in volumes X and XI of François Guizot’s Collection des mémoires relatifs à la révolution d’Angleterre (1827). The ‘pictures of life’ that she depicted and her eye for registering the significance of the English Revolution were known to predecessors and contemporaries of Guizot, from Villemain to Macaulay, Taine and Thierry, whose essays were widely translated. This article examines the traces of Lucy Hutchinson’s authorial presence in the Spanish and Italian historiography of the English Revolution. However scarce, mediated by the French, and subject to diverse political agendas and gender biases, I will argue that these accounts represent Lucy Hutchinson as an apt historian who captures the nuances of microhistory in one of the most convoluted episodes in European revolutionary past.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-553
Number of pages13
JournalThe Seventeenth Century
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • English revolution
  • Lucy Hutchinson
  • historiography
  • reception studies
  • women’s writing

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