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Catherine Bernard

(1663–1712?), French novelist, playwright, and poet. Born in Rouen to a comfortable Huguenot family, she moved to Paris to pursue her literary interests. Bernard wrote four ...

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Ralph Houlbrooke

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
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6,144 words
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Oxford University Press

... (ed.), Women in English Society, 1500–1800 ( 1985 ), Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall , Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780–1850 ( 1987 ), Anne Laurence , Women in England, 1500–1760: A Social History ( 1996 ), Sara Heller Mendelson and Patricia Crawford , Women in Early Modern England, 1550–1720 ( 1998 ), Barbara J. Harris , English Aristocratic Women, 1450–1550: Marriage and Family, Property and Careers ( 2002 ), Bernard Capp, When Gossips Meet: Women, Family and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England (...

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
1,179 words

...the 13th and 14th centuries a number of names taken from the Old Testament began to be chosen. The popularity of the medieval mystery plays may have helped in this process. Girls, too, were baptized with biblical names; Joan and Agnes are first recorded in England in 1189 , Catherine in 1196 , Mary in 1203 , Elizabeth in 1205 , and Anne in 1218 . Biblical names eventually became the most widespread of all first names. Some very obscure ones were chosen by 16th‐ and 17th‐century Puritans , and biblical names such as Amos, Ebenezer, Enoch, Hezekiah, and...

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