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The words in my hand, Guinevere Glasfurd

Label
The words in my hand
Title
The words in my hand
Statement of responsibility
Guinevere Glasfurd
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is the reimagined true story of Helena Jans van der Strom, a 17th century Dutch maid, desperate to educate herself and use her mind, in an era where women were kept firmly in their place. Helena works in the Amsterdam lodging house of an English bookseller who rents out a room to the mysterious 'Monsieur' who turns out to be Rene Descartes. Always trying to keep one step ahead of the authorities desperate to suppress his free thinking, Descartes and Helena form an unlikely bond which turns from teaching into an affair. For all his learning, it's Helena who provides him with insights and emotional perspective from the everyday life all around him. This is Helena's story, a woman who yearned for knowledge, who wanted to write so badly and who could afford nothing - she made her own ink from beetroot and used her body for paper. Weaving together the story of Descartes' quest for reason with Helena's struggle for literacy, the novel follows Helena's journey across the Dutch Republic as she tries to keep their young daughter secret. Through Helena's story, everyday objects are transformed into new ways of learning. Their worlds overlap yet remain sharply divided; the only way of being together, is living unseen. Helena and Descartes face a terrible tragedy, and ultimately have to decide if their love is possible at all
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Glasfurd-Brown, Guinevere
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maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Descartes, René
  • Jans van der Strom, Helena
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Philosophers
  • Illegitimate children
  • Literacy
  • Household employees
Target audience
adult
Label
The words in my hand, Guinevere Glasfurd
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
p225742871
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
414 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781473617858
Media category
unmediated
Other physical details
map
System control number
(Sirsi) p225742871
Label
The words in my hand, Guinevere Glasfurd
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
p225742871
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
414 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781473617858
Media category
unmediated
Other physical details
map
System control number
(Sirsi) p225742871

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