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‘Potter tells the story using a rich range of sources – pamphlets, ballads, sermons – and travels to flesh out the gaps … She writes well and hauntingly.’

— James Evans, The Times

‘Potter weaves a compelling narrative and her use of archival material to link a collection of early modern players is top notch … a real pleasure to read.’

— Rebecca Rideal, BBC History Magazine

‘I love this kind of historical writing, with the stitching showing. There is a story here, but it is Potter’s skilful guidance through the disparate sources that makes it work.’

— Lucy Moore, Literary Review

‘With extraordinary scholarship and painstaking use of contemporary texts Potter succeeds in her professed task of bearing witness to the lives of young women unknown to history … This is a memorable work of literary recreation.’

— Rebecca Fraser, Times Literary Supplement
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