The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson

Author: Rodney Bolt
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 0857895826
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The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson from the Author: Rodney Bolt. Young Minnie Sidgwick was just twelve years old when her cousin, twenty-three-year old Edward Benson, proposed to her in 1853. Edward went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury and little Minnie - as Mary Benson - to preside over Lambeth Palace, and a social world that ranged from Tennyson and Browning to foreign royalty and Queen Victoria herself. Prime Minister William Gladstone called her 'the cleverest woman in Europe'. Yet Mrs Benson's most intense relationships were not with her husband and his associates, but with other women. When the Archbishop died, Mary - 'Ben' to her intimates - turned down an offer from the Queen to live at Windsor, and set up home in a Jacobean manor house with her friend Lucy Tait. She remained at the heart of her family of fiercely eccentric and 'unpermissably gifted' children, each as individual as herself. They knew Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Gertrude Bell. Arthur wrote the words for 'Land of Hope and Glory'; Fred became a hugely successful author (his Mapp and Lucia novels still have a cult following); and Maggie a renowned Egyptologist. But none of them was 'the marrying sort' and such a rackety family seemed destined for disruption: Maggie tried to kill her mother and was institutionalized, Arthur suffered numerous breakdowns and young Hugh became a Catholic priest, embroiled in scandal. Drawing on the diaries and novels of the Bensons themselves, as well as writings of contemporaries ranging from George Eliot to Charles Dickens, Rodney Bolt creates a rich and intimate family history of Victorian and Edwardian England. But, most of all, he tells the sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious, story of one lovable, brilliant woman and her trajectory through the often surprising opportunities and the remarkable limitations of a Victorian woman's life. Previously published under the title As Good As God, As Clever As the Devil.

A Very Queer Family Indeed

Author: Simon Goldhill
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022639381X
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A Very Queer Family Indeed from the Author: Simon Goldhill. “We can begin with a kiss, though this will not turn out to be a love story, at least not a love story of anything like the usual kind.” So begins A Very Queer Family Indeed, which introduces us to the extraordinary Benson family. Edward White Benson became Archbishop of Canterbury at the height of Queen Victoria’s reign, while his wife, Mary, was renowned for her wit and charm—the prime minister once wondered whether she was “the cleverest woman in England or in Europe.” The couple’s six precocious children included E. F. Benson, celebrated creator of the Mapp and Lucia novels, and Margaret Benson, the first published female Egyptologist. What interests Simon Goldhill most, however, is what went on behind the scenes, which was even more unusual than anyone could imagine. Inveterate writers, the Benson family spun out novels, essays, and thousands of letters that open stunning new perspectives—including what it might mean for an adult to kiss and propose marriage to a twelve-year-old girl, how religion in a family could support or destroy relationships, or how the death of a child could be celebrated. No other family has left such detailed records about their most intimate moments, and in these remarkable accounts, we see how family life and a family’s understanding of itself took shape during a time when psychoanalysis, scientific and historical challenges to religion, and new ways of thinking about society were developing. This is the story of the Bensons, but it is also more than that—it is the story of how society transitioned from the high Victorian period into modernity.

Archbishop Randall Davidson

Author: Michael Hughes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317179641
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Archbishop Randall Davidson from the Author: Michael Hughes. Randall Davidson was Archbishop of Canterbury for quarter of a century. Davidson was a product of the Victorian ecclesiastical and social establishment, whose advance through the Church was dependent on the patronage of Queen Victoria, but he became Archbishop at a time of huge social and political change. He guided the Church of England through the turbulence of the Edwardian period, when it faced considerable challenges to its status as the established Church, as well as helping shape its response to the horrors of the First World War. Davidson inherited a Church of England that was sharply divided on a range of issues, and he devoted his career as Archbishop to securing its unity, whilst ensuring that its voice continued to be heard both nationally and internationally. A modest and pragmatic man, he was widely respected both within the Church of England and beyond, helping to find solutions to a range of political and ecclesiastical problems. This book explores Davidson’s role within the Church and in the life of Britain more broadly during his time at Canterbury. It includes a large selection of documents that help to reveal the Archbishop’s character and cast light on the way in which he carried out his varied and demanding duties.

A Christmas Cornucopia

Author: Mark Forsyth
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 024197755X
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A Christmas Cornucopia from the Author: Mark Forsyth. The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means "Go away, Christ". Nor do we know that Christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on March 28th - and only moved to 25th December in 354 AD. We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. And we would never have guessed that the invention of crackers was merely a way of popularising sweet wrappers. Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, Mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all finally make sense - in his wonderfully entertaining wordy way.

The Palgrave Companion To Cambridge Economics

Author: Robert A. Cord
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113741233X
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The Palgrave Companion To Cambridge Economics from the Author: Robert A. Cord. Cambridge University has and continues to be one of the most important centres for economics. With nine chapters on themes in Cambridge economics and over 40 chapters on the lives and work of Cambridge economists, this volume shows how economics became established at the university, how it produced some of the world's best-known economists, including John Maynard Keynes and Alfred Marshall, plus Nobel Prize winners, such as Richard Stone and James Mirrlees, and how it remains a global force for the very best in teaching and research in economics. With original contributions from a stellar cast, this volume provides economists – especially those interested in macroeconomics and the history of economic thought – with the first in-depth analysis of Cambridge economics.

The Shadow Of The Second Mother

Author: Prophecy Coles
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131757835X
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The Shadow Of The Second Mother from the Author: Prophecy Coles. The Shadow of the "Second Mother" explores why has there been such little interest, in psychology, social history and biography, in the important contribution that ‘second mothers’, such as wet nurses and nannies, have had upon the emotional life of the children they have nursed. For the last three thousand years and throughout most civilisations they have nurtured the children of the privileged, and kept alive the abandoned and unwanted child, and yet there has been a profound silence surrounding the influence they may have had. The author explores the lives of several well-known people who have been wet nursed, such as Michelangelo, Rousseau, Jack London, Nabokov and Klein. She speculates that they all were affected emotionally by their ‘second mother’, and concludes that a universal feature of such delegated mothering seems to be that the bond between mother and child is broken, and the child may be left with a life-long distrust of close relationships. In The Shadow of the "Second Mother", Coles combines an exploration of attachment theory with neurology, making it possible to give an explanation as to why these important figures have lain unnamed and ignored in our social and psychological consciousness. This intriguing new approach to an ancient practice will be fascinating reading for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, sociologist and students of social history.

Author: Філіппа Ґреґорі
Publisher: Family Leisure Club
ISBN: 9661483906
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from the Author: Філіппа Ґреґорі. Англія. Йорки зазнали поразки у війні Білої та Червоної троянди — трон посів Генрих Тюдор. Щоб об’єднати країну, він має одружитися з Єлизаветою Йоркською — принцесою з роду запеклих ворогів. Серце красуні віддано іншому, але вона мусить урятувати свою родину від страти… Невдовзі до країни повертається брат Єлизавети, якого всі вважали загиблим. Він намагається повернути престол. Юна королева мусить обирати між чоловіком і сином та рідними, які прагнуть влади…

Author: Марія Кореллі
Publisher: Family Leisure Club
ISBN: 9661435634
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from the Author: Марія Кореллі. Коли диявол спокушає смертних, він прибирає людської подоби. Чи може людина свідомо обирати між добром і злом? Чи є у світі матеріальному місце духовності? Чи буває жінка геніально обдарованою? Чи, може, «іскра Божа» — привілей чоловіків?.. Шукати відповідей на ці запитання змушений молодий письменник Джеффрі Темпест — головний герой захопливого роману Марії Кореллі.

Author: Daniel James Brown
Publisher: Nash Format (PublishDrive)
ISBN: 6177388590
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from the Author: Daniel James Brown. «Диво в Берліні» — дві майстерно зшиті сюжетні лінії, написані талановитим оповідачем. Перша оповідає історію простих американських хлопців, які в один із найстрашніших періодів в історії США — Велику депресію — відвойовують своє право на гідне майбутнє. Друга переносить нас до Німеччини, де Гітлер уже задумав свій найстрашніший план — Другу світову. Перш ніж розв’язати війну, він прагне приспати ворога: показати, що Німеччина гостинна, вільна і мирна держава. Задля цього керівництво країни вирішує провести Олімпійські ігри 1936-го року, куди, у складі збірної США з веслування, потрапляють наші герої. Створена на основі реальних подій, книга розповідає про дружбу, вірність і відчайдушну боротьбу добра та зла. А головне — проводить паралелі з сучасним світом, змушує замислитись над тим, що подібний сценарій може повторитися, або навіть повторюється вже сьогодні.

Author: Джон Фаулз
Publisher: Family Leisure Club
ISBN: 6171217689
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from the Author: Джон Фаулз.