A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - History - 392 pages
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THE MACDONALD SISTERS--Alice, Georgiana, Agnes, and Louisa--started life in the teeming ranks of the lower-middle classes, denied the advantages of education and the expectation of social advancement. Yet as wives and mothers they would connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister, and the uncrowned poet laureate of the Empire. Georgiana and Alice married, respectively, the pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones and the arts administrator Edward Poynter; Louisa gave birth to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and Alice was mother to Rudyard Kipling. "A Circle of Sisters brings to life four women living at a privileged moment in history. Their progress from obscurity to imperial grandeur indicates the vitality of nineteenth-century Britain: a society abundant with possibility. From their homes in India, America, and England, the sisters formed a network that, through the triumphs and tragedies of their families and the Empire, uniquely endured.
 

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A poor family headed by a Methodist minister had five surviving daughters and two sons. Of these, the four daughters who married all had husbands or sons of import, and are supposedly the focus of ... Read full review

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This isn't something that I would recommend to every reader. The title sounds a lot more warm and fuzzy than the sisters were. If you are expecting a heart-warming tale of the days when all families ... Read full review

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Contents

Inheritance
3
So entirely domestic 18351850
10
A moving tent 18501853
29
London enchanted ground 18531858
45
Marriage and Children
65
Travelling in New Worlds 18591862
67
The Industrious Apprentices 18621866
87
Love enough to last out a long life 18661871
109
Leaving Home 18841888
198
The Cousinhood 18881892
219
Settling Down 18921894
240
Separations 18951898
261
Old Age and Death
283
A pack of troubles 18981906
285
The pain of parting
306
Afterword
328

Spartan Mothers 18721877
134
Faith and Works 18771882
155
Empty Nests
175
The Families Square 18821884
177
Notes
331
Select Bibliography
365
Index
377
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About the author (2001)

Judith Flanders is the author of A Circle of Sisters, which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. She lives in London.

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