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Master of Arts (MA)


Religion & Culture / Religious Studies


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Peter Erb

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The following thesis is a contribution to the ongoing work study of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) and the mountain of writing she left at her death. It provides, for the first time, a critical edition of British Museum MS BL Add 45844, ff.1 to 242. This manuscript contains 319 of Nightingale's extant personal notes, which she made between approximately 1860 and 1902. They range in length from a few words on a scrap of paper to full pages of her reflections. They are reproduced in this edition in the same format in which they appear in the manuscript. I have presented them in this form in order to preserve, as faithfully as possible, Nightingale's thoughts and feelings as she wrote them. The edition is introduced by a brief biography of Nightingale with emphasis on the relationship to these notes.

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