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Response to Review of The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England

I thank Sarah Fox for her thorough review of my book, The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder, and for reading and engaging with it so closely. Drawing on her own expertise of women's lives and reproduction, she has received the book as I had hoped readers would: as an account of one woman's (admittedly extraordinary) reproductive experiences situated in the much broader economic, social, cultural, and political contexts of the early 18th century. I set out to write this book as a micro-history in the tradition of women's and social history. I am therefore particularly gratified that Dr Fox felt that Mary Toft was "at the very heart of this book". Whatever view we take of Toft – villain or victim, dupe or protestor – it was her perspective that I wanted to keep in play throughout.