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The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson

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Author: Rodney Bolt
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Release: 2013-04-01
ISBN: 9781843548621
Size: 25.76 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 384
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The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson

by Rodney Bolt, The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson books, One minute Mary Benson was the wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury, a sparkling society hostess whose Lambeth Palace home attracted the likes of Henry James, Queen Victoria, Tennyson and William Gladstone who considered her the cleverest women in Europe. But the instant her husband, Edward White Benson, fell down dead while praying in church, Mary Benson became a nobody. Did she crumble? Did she heck! The woman known as Ben to her most intimate friends took Lucy Tait into her bed, and together they set up a series of homes from which Benson presided over her four unpermissably gifted children... Though Mary died in 1918, she is vivid and lively in this sympathetic biography that is often screamingly funny. Bolt's characterisations of the Benson children, not to mention their father, are spot on.



The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson

The Impossible Life of Mary Benson PDF
Author: Rodney Bolt
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
Release: 2012-06-01
ISBN: 0857895826
Size: 41.49 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 300
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The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson

by Rodney Bolt, The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Impossible Life Of Mary Benson books, 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.



As Good As God As Clever As The Devil

As Good as God  as Clever as the Devil PDF
Author: Rodney Bolt
Publisher:
Release: 2011
ISBN: 9781445871172
Size: 77.28 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Bishops' spouses
Languages : en
Pages : 353
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As Good As God As Clever As The Devil

by Rodney Bolt, As Good As God As Clever As The Devil Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download As Good As God As Clever As The Devil books, Tells the extraordinary story of Mary Benson and her family, bringing the late Victorian and early Edwardian period vividly to life.



Queen Victoria S Archbishops Of Canterbury

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Author: Michael Chandler
Publisher: Sacristy Press
Release: 2019-10-01
ISBN: 1789590590
Size: 16.55 MB
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 392
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Queen Victoria S Archbishops Of Canterbury

by Michael Chandler, Queen Victoria S Archbishops Of Canterbury Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Queen Victoria S Archbishops Of Canterbury books, Six pen-portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury during Queen Victoria's reign show how the Church of England and the Anglican Communion became what they are today.



A Very Queer Family Indeed

A Very Queer Family Indeed PDF
Author: Simon Goldhill
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release: 2016-10-03
ISBN: 022639381X
Size: 62.26 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 344
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A Very Queer Family Indeed

by Simon Goldhill, A Very Queer Family Indeed Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download A Very Queer Family Indeed books, “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.



Bringing Me Back To Me

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Author: Matthew Drapper
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
Release: 2020-04-15
ISBN: 0244277834
Size: 30.64 MB
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
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Bringing Me Back To Me

by Matthew Drapper, Bringing Me Back To Me Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Bringing Me Back To Me books, Born into a Christian cult, Matthew was raised believing Satan is at war with Christians and God is at war with the Gays. Home-schooled with no sex-education, Matthew was terrified to discover he was attracted to men himself. The war had entered his own body. For over ten years, Matthew tried everything to allow his God Side to destroy his Gay Side, culminating with an exorcism at St Thomas Philadelphia in a misguided attempt to remove the “demons associated with homosexuality.” St Thomas Philadelphia church has always denied they performed dangerous exorcisms on gay people to turn them straight. Matthew Drapper throws open the church doors to reveal the scandalous secrets of spiritual abuse hidden behind enticing community, wild worship and devastating promises of miracles.



The Happiness Philosophers

The Happiness Philosophers PDF
Author: Bart Schultz
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2017-04-24
ISBN: 1400884950
Size: 25.27 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Philosophy
Languages : en
Pages : 456
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The Happiness Philosophers

by Bart Schultz, The Happiness Philosophers Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Happiness Philosophers books, A colorful history of utilitarianism told through the lives and ideas of Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and its other founders In The Happiness Philosophers, Bart Schultz tells the colorful story of the lives and legacies of the founders of utilitarianism—one of the most influential yet misunderstood and maligned philosophies of the past two centuries. Best known for arguing that "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong," utilitarianism was developed by the radical philosophers, critics, and social reformers William Godwin (the husband of Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Shelley), Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart and Harriet Taylor Mill, and Henry Sidgwick. Together, they had a profound influence on nineteenth-century reforms, in areas ranging from law, politics, and economics to morals, education, and women's rights. Their work transformed life in ways we take for granted today. Bentham even advocated the decriminalization of same-sex acts, decades before the cause was taken up by other activists. As Bertrand Russell wrote about Bentham in the late 1920s, "There can be no doubt that nine-tenths of the people living in England in the latter part of last century were happier than they would have been if he had never lived." Yet in part because of its misleading name and the caricatures popularized by figures as varied as Dickens, Marx, and Foucault, utilitarianism is sometimes still dismissed as cold, calculating, inhuman, and simplistic. By revealing the fascinating human sides of the remarkable pioneers of utilitarianism, The Happiness Philosophers provides a richer understanding and appreciation of their philosophical and political perspectives—one that also helps explain why utilitarianism is experiencing a renaissance today and is again being used to tackle some of the world's most serious problems.



Arthur Balfour S Ghosts

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Author: Trevor Hamilton
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Release: 2018-01-02
ISBN: 184540968X
Size: 76.45 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
Languages : en
Pages : 452
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Arthur Balfour S Ghosts

by Trevor Hamilton, Arthur Balfour S Ghosts Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Arthur Balfour S Ghosts books, This book tells the incredible story of the cross-correspondence automatic writings, described by one leading scholar of the field, Alan Gauld, 'as undoubtedly the most extensive, the most complex and the most puzzling of all ostensible attempts by deceased persons to manifest purpose, and in so doing to fulfil their overriding purpose of proving their survival'. It is an intensely personal and passionate story on so many levels: May Lyttelton trying to convince her lover Arthur Balfour of her continued existence; Myers with indomitable persistence trying to produce evidence to prove survival generally; Gurney and Francis Balfour striving from beyond the grave to influence the birth of children who would work for world peace; Gerald Balfour and his lover Winifred Coombe-Tennant believing that their child, Henry, would be the Messianic leader of this group of children.



Der Herr Der Welt

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Author: Robert Hugh Benson
Publisher: Null Papier
Release: 2019-05-28
ISBN: 3954185490
Size: 79.34 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : de
Pages : 592
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Der Herr Der Welt

by Robert Hugh Benson, Der Herr Der Welt Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Der Herr Der Welt books, vollständige Fassung, kommentiert und in Neuer Deutscher Rechtschreibung Der Herr der Welt, (»Lord of the world«), gilt als wichtiger Vorläufer der großen dystopischen Romane des 20. Jahrhunderts wie George Orwells »1984« (1949) oder Aldous Huxleys »Brave New World« (1932). Zu Begin des 21. Jahrhunderts hat der amerikanische Politiker Julian Felsenburgh den Weltfrieden erreicht, zahllose Nationen unterwerfen sich seinem Diktat. Dies jedoch um den Preis einer technologisierten Gesellschaft, die nur auf den rationalen Verstand setzt und Religion als Aberglauben verteufelt und verfolgt. Waffenstarrende Zeppeline bevölkern die Lüfte, es gibt Elektroautomobile, drahtlose Kommunikation, aber auch Terror, Bespitzelung und Euthanasiehäuser. Als seinen letzten Gegner identifiziert Felsenburgh die katholische Kirche, ihre Irrationalität und ihr Glaube sieht er als Bedrohung. Als Konsequenz betreibt er deren vollständige Vernichtung. Was nun folgt, sind aberwitzige, endzeitliche Schlachten mit Luftschiffen gegen Rom und gegen den Vatikan. Es kommt zum Endkampf zwischen dem Papst und dem Weltpräsidenten. Benson sah in diesem Werk viele Schrecken der Zukunft voraus: Weltkriege, Massenvernichtungswaffen, Entmenschlichung der Gesellschaft, Entfremdung der Familien, Terrorismus und den »Kampf der Kulturen« Rasch erhob er sich, verließ sein Abteil und schritt den Mittelgang entlang, ab und zu einen Blick durch die Glastüren rechts und links auf die Mitreisenden werfend, die teils noch schliefen, teils die Aussicht betrachteten oder lasen. Er sah durch die Glasscheibe der vorderen Türe und mit regem Interesse beobachtete er einige Minuten die nahezu unbewegliche Gestalt des Steuermannes. Regungslos stand er dort, die Hände an der stählernen Kurbel, die die mächtigen Schwingen lenkte, das Auge auf den Windmesser gerichtet, der auf einem Zifferblatt die Stärke sowohl als auch die Richtung der Luftströmungen anzeigte; dann und wann eine leichte Handbewegung, und die ungeheueren Flügel gehorchten, bald das Luftschiff hebend, bald es sinken lassend. Vor dem Steuermann, unterhalb der Kurbel, befanden sich auf einem runden Tisch befestigt die Glasbehälter verschiedener Instrumente, deren Bedeutung Percy kaum zur Hälfte kannte; eines schien ein Barometer zu sein, bestimmt, wie er vermutete, um die Höhe anzugeben, in der man fuhr, ein anderes ein Kompass. Darüber sah man durch die gewölbten Fenster den weiten Himmel sich dehnen. Gewiss, das alles war ganz wunderbar, dachte der Priester, aber all dies war eben nur ein Symptom jener Macht, mit der das übernatürliche seinen Kampf zu bestehen hatte. Null Papier Verlag www.null-papier.de



Daisy Bates In Der W Ste

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Author: Julia Blackburn
Publisher: Unionsverlag
Release: 2021-03-21
ISBN: 3293311156
Size: 74.81 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Fiction
Languages : de
Pages : 256
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Daisy Bates In Der W Ste

by Julia Blackburn, Daisy Bates In Der W Ste Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Daisy Bates In Der W Ste books, In langem schwarzem Rock, Bluse, Krawatte und Hut sitzt Daisy Bates auf einem Stuhl in der Wüste. Sie sieht finster aus, Furcht einflößend, stolz, traurig, ernst, sehr schön und in jeder Hinsicht so gefährlich, wie eine Frau ihres Schlags nur sein konnte. Dreißig Jahre verbringt sie bei den Aborigines in der Wüste, schließt Freundschaft mit ihnen, taucht in ihre Traditionen ein. "Kabbarli" nennen sie sie, die Großmutter. Julia Blackburn sucht in Tagebüchern, Briefen und vergilbten Fotografien nach dem wahren Leben der Daisy Bates. Die Spuren erzählen von der roten Monotonie der Sandhügel, von einem blendend hellen Himmel und einer wütenden Sonne, die dunkle Flecken auf der Haut hinterlässt. Und von einer bemerkenswerten Frau, die alles zurücklässt, um einen neuen Weg zu begehen.