Alexander Wakelam*

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University of Cambridge
Alexander Wakelam

Imprisonment for debt and female financial failure in the long eighteenth century

The generous funding provided by the Olga Crisp PhD Bursary during the third year of my doctorate has proved invaluable. The bursary helped me to pay my unavoidable living costs and fees, allowing me to focus on completing research and analysis of eighteenth-century debtors’ prison commitment registers and their revelations on contract enforcement and female economic independence in this period. It also gave me the time to write and submit the thesis early, as well as draft several papers and acquire a publisher for the monograph resulting from the thesis.

*Awarded The Olga Crisp PhD Bursary