Author: Carol Humphrey. 242 pages with over 130 colour illustrations. Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Fitzwilliam’s remarkable collection, Sampled Lives show the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives. These beautifully embroidered and stitched samplers illuminate the lives of girls and women, from mid-17th century English Quakers to early 20th century school pupils, encompassing their education, employment, religion, family, societal status and needlework skills. It also highlights the individuality of each sampler, which in some cases is the only surviving document to record the existence of an ordinary young woman.