My name is Dr. Jennifer Rabe and I wrote my Ph.D. thesis on Aletheia Howard, née Talbot, Countess of Arundel, at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from 2012 to 2017.

I subsequently published it online. As it is written in German, most people interested in Lady Arundel or the 17th century might have an issue with the language. I will translate it here bit by bit into English, making the research widely accessible. I will also add new finds and ideas whenever I have the time. I am open to discussion. Please contact me with questions. 

Lady Arundel historically has been highly undervalued and neglected, which is why the main goal of this blog is to promote celebrating the 400th anniversary of her death in 2054. I  encourage researchers thinking about the 17th century, the time of the so-called Scientific Revolution, to think big when it comes to the impact of women, and invite everyone to find ways to celebrate 400 years of the outstanding European personality Lady Arundel.

All research, editions and translations are my own. Crucial literature is mentioned in the running text in brackets.

Image material was found online. I want to thank all the institutions for their generous and progressive image policies giving me the freedom to write this blog. I especially want to link the amazing tools provided by

British Museum
Pinakothek München
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
The V&A Museum
National Gallery Washington
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Trust

and many more. Thank  you!

The original research was funded by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation as part of the project Sites of Mediation and carried out from 2012–2016 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christine Göttler.


Dr. Jennifer Rabe, September 2018
Picture by Till Gerber
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