Black Death To Industrial Revolution: A Social And Economic History Of England Pauline Gregg

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Black Death To Industrial Revolution: A Social And Economic History Of England  by  Pauline Gregg

Black Death To Industrial Revolution: A Social And Economic History Of England by Pauline Gregg
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Pauline Gregg was a British historian. Her published works concentrated on the period of the English Civil Wars of the 17th century and the history of social life in Britain.During her schooldays she became attracted to socialism through the writings of William Morris. She joined the Labour League of Youth and later the Independent Labour party, and addressed meetings from the back of a coal cart, before graduating to Speakers Corner.

She lunched with Gandhi during his 1931 visit to Britain.In 1932, aided by a loan from Middlesex county council, won a place at the London School of Economics. It was as if someone had opened the door to an enchanted land, she later wrote. My socialism had a focus, a new meaning. Her doctorate, on the Levellers leader John Lilburne, provided the foundation for a biography, Free-Born John (1961).She was posted to Warwick by the Ministry of Supply when the second world war broke out and there she met Russell Meiggs, a classics fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, whom she married in 1941.

Later, they settled into Oxford academia, numbering JRR Tolkien among their circle of friends. From 1946, they were in charge of Holywell Manor, a Balliol annexe housing 50 undergraduates.She would cycle every day to the Bodleian library, where she continued her research on the 17th century. Underlining her independence, she used her maiden name as a pen name. Her first book, A Social and Economic History of Britain (1760-1950), became a standard reference work. She also wrote definitive biographies of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell- CV Wedgwood described the former as the fullest and most carefully compiled that we are ever likely to have.



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