What is it about?
The name of the first professional English actress was never officially recorded, but many historians believe that it might have been Margaret Hughes. This paper examines the available evidence to support this claim evaluates the validity of each source.
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Why is it important?
This paper corrects an historical inaccuracy that has been repeated for hundreds of years. It argues that much of the available evidence has been misinterpreted and shows that Margaret Hughes was not on the stage early enough to have been the first English actress.
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This page is a summary of: “The woman newly come, called Pegg”: an historiographical examination of Margaret Hughes as the Vere Street Desdemona, The Seventeenth Century, July 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/0268117x.2019.1642796.
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