How to read Anne Lister's original diaries The Real Anne Lister Blog

Where to find Anne Lister’s original diaries and how to read them

Part 1: Where to find the diaries and how to read the crypthand Several people have asked me recently how they can get to read Anne Lister’s original handwritten diaries so I thought I’d do a post on it. Thankfully, some tireless person or persons at West Yorkshire Archive Service have painstakingly scanned each of […]

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How to read Anne Lister's original diaries The Real Anne Lister Blog

Where to find Anne Lister’s original diaries and how to read them

Part 2: How to read Anne’s plainhand I’ve already made a post on where you can read Anne Lister’s original handwritten diaries online and how to read her crypthand ( https://iknowmyownheart.co.uk/blog-post/where-to-find-anne-listers-original-diaries-and-how-to-read-them-part-1/ ). Funnily enough, lot of people (me included) actually find it harder to read Anne’s plainhand (normal handwriting) than her crypthand (writing in code). […]

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Anne Lister’s last diary entry (the cats got her cheese)

Anne Lister died on 22 September 1840, whilst travelling in present day Georgia (then Russia). She died tragically young of a fever possibly brought on by a tick bite. The last diary entry we have from her is for 11 August 1840. I’ve had a really hard time transcribing this diary entry, both because its […]

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The Anne Lister Phenomenon

If you don’t know who Anne Lister was, first of all you definitely should, and secondly here are the headlines: 19th century female landowner, businesswoman and traveller. Intelligent, proud, lesbian, good with the ladies. Married a woman in church. Kept a (partially coded) daily journal going into explicit, and sometimes fabulously tedious, detail about her […]

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Anne Lister & Sibella MacLean

I recently came across something rather intriguing when reading Angela Steidele’s Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist (2018). Steidele refers to a holiday in Scotland that Anne Lister took with her friend Sibella MacLean in 1828, but rather tantalisingly tells the reader that only heavily censored transcripts of […]

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