The Cooke Sisters: Education, Piety and Politics in Early Modern England (MUP, 2013)
Gemma’s book explores the lives of five remarkable Tudor women: the Cooke Sisters. Little known to us today, this book uncovers how these women used their unusual education in Latin and Greek to engage in political activities on the same terms as their male contemporaries. Whilst the sisters’ husbands and sons were renowned Elizabethan politicians, the book reveals for the first time their own involvement in the fiercest power struggles in Tudor England.
You can buy a copy of the book here: The Cooke Sisters: Education, Piety and Politics in Early Modern England
The Letters of Lady Anne Bacon (CUP, 2014)
Gemma’s edition of the surviving letters of one of the Cooke sisters, Lady Anne Bacon, is out now. Mother to the famous philosopher, Francis Bacon, Anne’s letters reveal her outspoken anger and disappointment at her son’s affairs and show us that Tudor mothers were often far from retiring figures.
You can buy a copy of the edition here: The Letters of Lady Anne Bacon.
For more details on Gemma’s publications, including articles, please see her Open University webpage.