Katie Hickman: She-Merchants, Buccaneers & Gentlewomen - British Women in India 1600-1900

Tue 15 Oct
20:30 - 21:30
The Guildhall


The first British women to set foot in India in the early 17th century, were not the languid memsahibs of popular imagination, these women were tough adventurers, their voyages daring leaps into the unknown.

They went to find husbands, and to re-invent themselves, finding work as traders, doctors, geologists, teachers, shopkeepers, actors, and more. In this lively and entertaining account, Katie Hickman, bestselling author of Courtesans and Daughters of Britannia, reveals the astonishing lives of the extraordinarily bold and often eccentric, women who crossed the sea and changed history.