Many people have helped to make this volume, which grew out of a conference entitled 'Gender, Religion, Poverty and Revolution', held at Oxford on July 9, 2004 to honour Olwen Hufton. We would like to thank Clare Morton of Oxford Journals whose idea it was that we should found the Past and Present Supplement Series, and Gill Mitchell, Chris Payne, Claire Painter, Jeff New and Catherine Macduff of the Press, for their help in production. We would also like to thank the Past and Present Society for their support, and the staff of New College Oxford, who did so much to make the original conference a success. The chapter by Ruth Harris in this collection first appeared as 'Letters to Lucie: Spirituality, Friendship and Politics during the Dreyfus Affair' in French Historical Studies 28 (2005) and we thank the Editors for permission to republish a shortened version here.
We are greatly indebted to Caroline Ford, Robert Gildea, Ludmilla Jordanova, Tessa Storey and Lotte van de Pol for their contributions to the conference; Simone Laqua for her magnificent conference organization, and to Alice Kelikian, Simone Laqua, Natalie Zemon Davis, Carol Dyhouse, Sarah Grieco Mattthews, Clare Murphy, John Styles, Tom O'Reilly and all the members of the audience at the event. The Editors would also like to thank Alex Shephard, Paul Slack and Joanna Innes who acted as readers for the volume, and Charles Philpin and Chris Wickham, for their help and advice throughout the project. Iain Pears found the cover image. Finally, we thank Iain Pears and Nick Stargardt as always for support and careful reading.