Georgianna Ziegler is interested in early modern women and their relationship to literature, art, and history, and to women as book owners and annotators.  She has worked and published especially on Elizabeth I, Elizabeth of Bohemia, Lady Ann Clifford, and calligrapher Esther Inglis.


University of Pennsylvania, MA, Ph.D.

Drexel University, MS in Library Science


Selected recent and forthcoming:

“Esther Inglis.” Routledge Encyclopedia of the Renaissance World.  (Forthcoming)

Created new website on Esther Inglis: https://estheringliscreativewoman.wordpress.com

“Paper Portraits: the Self-Fashioning of Esther Inglis,” ARTHerstory Blog, June 30, 2020

“Early Women Buying Books: the Evidence,” The Collation, June 9, 2020

“Patterns in Women’s Book Ownership: 1550-1700.” Women’s Labour and the History of the Book in Early Modern England.  Ed. Valerie Wayne. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

“Lady Anne Clifford Reads John Selden.” Early Modern English Marginalia.  Ed. Katherine Acheson. Routledge, 2019. pp. 134-154.

“Curating Mary Wroth.” In ReReading Mary Wroth. Ed. Katherine R. Larson and Naomi Miller. Palgrave/MacMillan, 2015. pp.225-237.

“Historical Resources for Students of Early English Literature.” In Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archives. Ed. Heidi Brayman and Ian Moulton. MLA, 2015. pp. 221-238.

Blog Posts


    Finishing a long essay on the self-portraits of Esther Inglis that sets them within the traditions of printed author portraits and painted miniatures.

    Working on background for an essay on the Protestant French recipients of Inglis’s manuscripts.

    Encyclopedia entry on manuscript resources for the study of early modern women.


    Bibliographical Society, London

    Modern Language Association

    Renaissance Society of America

    Shakespeare Association of America


    Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender

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