A Victorian Marriage: Mandell and Louise Creighton by James Covert

By James Covert

Mandell Creighton (1843-1901) used to be a recognized historian and the 1st editor of the English old evaluation. His intelligence and effort made an effect upon every body he met. renowned via Queen Victoria, merely his premature loss of life stopped him changing into Archbishop of Canterbury. His spouse Louise (1850 -1936) used to be a prolific historian in her personal correct. Her power of personality and organisational skill made her a average chief of Victorian women's events. The writings of this striking couple, specially their letters, tell us them in detail, making their personalities and personal lives as attention-grabbing as their public careers. We see their relationships with one another and with their seven childrens. we all know approximately their paintings and their domestic existence, their servants, their homes, their vacations in Italy, the buddies they entertained and the pleasures in their lives together.

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He always called it his 'pastoral epistle', claiming that it took him 'three hours of hard work to think it out carefully and write it'. The letter not only offers a perceptive insight into his mind as a young man, it also reveals a great deal about English boarding school practices in that era: A MOST P R O M I S I N G SCHOLAR Mandell Creighton's report from Durham School, 1862 31 32 A VICTORIAN MARRIAGE 1864: Carlisle: St Bartholomew's Day My dear Sherlock, I am going to take the liberty of writing a few observations on the duties of the monitors, and the best way of fulfilling them.

This would be a significant departure from the mission of old Oxford as a place for training clerics; or as a place of learning for learning's sake, a belief championed by Mark Pattison, the respected rector of Lincoln College. Other issues centred on the growing friction between natural science and theology. 5 In the early i86os, 38 A VICTORIAN MARRIAGE for example, there was the stormy encounter between T. H. Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce on Darwin's theories, as well as rising questions over biblical interpretations and modernist doctrinal tendencies exemplified by the publication of Essays and Reviews.

My parents gave me also all of my house linen and kitchen things, my bedroom furniture and my piano', she recalled. '52 Creighton had begun searching for a suitable house in Oxford, which he found a painful distraction. Houses close in to the colleges were few and generally expensive to rent. 53 With many misgivings, caused by the thought of leaving his Merton quarters, he rented it in mid November. ' Mandell wrote to her. 'Our THE N I C E S T MAN I H A V E MET 21 rooms shall be what we want, not what the faculty would prescribe for us.

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