Ann Fanshawe: Memoire of Love

Ann Fanshawe: Memoire of Love

A wonderful woman!

Cryssa Bazos

I am a romantic at heart and can’t resist a good love story. Combine this with the 17th Century and this girl becomes putty.

One of my favourite couples is Ann and Richard Fanshawe. There were perfectly devoted to each other and their relationship was the stuff of romance.

The following article was originally written for the English Historical Fiction Authors blog and published March 2015. If you enjoy English history and haven’t visited the blog, check out the EHFA site here.

Journaling became fashionable during the 17th century. Well-known diarists, such as Samuel Pepys, and John Evelyn documented the affairs of the day, but the memoirs of Ann Fanshawe are a charming testimony of her love for her husband, Richard Fanshawe. She wrote it for her only surviving son, Richard, who was only ten months old when his father died. Ann wanted him to know the character…

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