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Mary Anne Everett Green, née Wood, was born in Sheffield, England. Her father Robert Wood was a Methodist minister who supervised her education, teaching her history and languages. She also got to known her parents' intellectual friends including James Everett, the minister and writer, for whom she was named. The family moved with her father's ministry, and her childhood was spent in a succession of large towns in Yorkshire and Lancashire. They moved to London in 1841, and she began doing historical research in the British Museum, other museums, and private collections. In 1846, she published her three-volume work Letters of Royal Ladies of Great Britain, from the 11th Century to the close of Queen Mary's Reign, under her maiden name, although a few months earlier she had married George Pycock Green, an artist, with whom she had four children. She was then known as Mrs. Everett Green. Her subsequent books included Lives of the Princesses of England: from the Norman Conquest (6 volumes, 1849–1855), Diary of John Rous (1856), and Letters of Queen Henrietta Maria (1857). She and her husband travelled in Europe for his painting, and she was able to conduct research in Paris and Antwerp. In 1853, she was invited to become an editor of the English state papers held in the Public Record Office (PRO). Over the next 40 years, she edited 41 volumes, beginning with Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the Reign of James I (1857-1859). Her work came to be recognized as the gold standard for translating and compiling historical documents, which was unusual for a woman of her day. Many historians and writers then and since have depended on detailed study of these original sources to inform their work. After her husband became disabled, she supplemented her income with journalism, contributing articles to the Athenæum, the London Review, and Gentleman's Magazine, among other periodicals. After her death, her work at the PRO was continued Sophia Crawford Lomas, her niece, whom she had trained. Her last book Elizabeth, Electress Palatine and Queen of Bohemia, appeared posthumously in 1909. Her daughter Evelyn Everett-Green became a popular novelist.
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