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Anna Eliza Bray first reached print with a collection of letters, the first of two which appeared over the course of her career. During fifty-four years, she published twelve novels, and twelve historical and biographical works. She edited several posthumous works by others and also produced writing for children. Many of her works were inspired by historical events or figures as well as by English folklore and legend. Some of her novels proved controversial for alleged anti-Catholicism at a time of fierce debate over Catholic Emancipation; much of her fiction and history focuses on Protestant resistance to religious oppression. A popular success during the mid-Victorian period, Anna Eliza Bray has of late received little critical attention. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 December 1790 Anna Eliza Kempe, later known as AEB, was born at six in the morning on Christmas Day in Newington, Surrey. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1836 AEB published A Description of the Part of Devonshire Bordering on the Tamar and the Tavy; Its Natural History in a Series of Letters to Robert Southey, in three volumes. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 3 December 1870 AEB's The Revolt of the Protestants of the Cévennes, With Some Account of the Huguenots in the Seventeenth Century was the first account of this French Protestant community to be written in English. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 January 1883 AEB died in London, supposedly from the shock of seeing herself publicly branded a thief of a historical treasure, part of the Bayeaux Tapestry. Bibliographic Citation link.
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