Writer, history researcher, biographer

Elizabeth Raffald

Posted by Suze Appleton on Monday, September 8, 2014 Under: Elizabeth Raffald
This subject just keeps getting bigger and bigger!

I think I've finalised my talk about Elizabeth, there was so much to go through it was hard to decide what to include and what to leave out. I'm so grateful to my focus groups who gave me great feedback to knock it into shape. I'm certainly looking forward to writing the novel about her, I think she makes a fantastic subject. What a character. Dignified, ladylike with high bearing but determined, remarkable and enterprising. I wonder how she would have fared in the 21st century? There I go, off on another tangent.

First, the talk, and I give my first one on the first of October - quite a few firsts in that sentence! Still not as many as Elizabeth managed though. Her story has really inspired me although there is such a lot more research to do. I want to know more about her early life in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, someone, somewhere must know where she spent her early years of domestic service. I was lucky that Arley Hall kept meticulous records of the time and they have a lot of information, but I'm hoping there is a similar system in the houses across the Pennines. First I have to pinpoint where she was, I mean, how many country houses and fine families could there have been in the mid 18th century? I think this calls for a venture into white rose country... I hope the natives are friendly.

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