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Pearl Maiden

Pearl Maiden

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by H. Rider Haggard

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Henry Rider Haggard was born at Bradenham, Norfolk, to Sir William Meybohm Rider Haggard, a barrister, and Ella Doveton, an author and poet. He was the eighth of ten children. He was initially sent to Garsington Rectory in Oxfordshire to study under the Reverend H.J. Graham but, unlike his older brothers who graduated from various Public Schools, he ended up attending


Henry Rider Haggard was born at Bradenham, Norfolk, to Sir William Meybohm Rider Haggard, a barrister, and Ella Doveton, an author and poet. He was the eighth of ten children. He was initially sent to Garsington Rectory in Oxfordshire to study under the Reverend H.J. Graham but, unlike his older brothers who graduated from various Public Schools, he ended up attending Ipswich Grammar School. This was because his father, who regarded him as somebody who was not going to amount to much, could no longer afford to maintain his expensive private education. After failing his army entrance exam he was sent to a private 'crammer' in London to prepare for the entrance exam for the British Foreign Office, which in the end he never sat.

Instead Haggard's father sent him to Africa in an unpaid position as assistant to the secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor of Natal, Sir Henry Bulwer. It was in this role that Haggard was present in Pretoria for the official announcement of the British annexation of the Boer Republic of the Transvaal. In fact, Haggard raised the Union Flag and was forced to read out much of the proclamation following the loss of voice of the official originally entrusted with the duty.

As a young man, Haggard fell deeply in love with Lilith Jackson, whom he intended to marry once he obtained paid employment in South Africa. In 1878 he became Registrar of the High Court in the Transvaal, but when he sent his father a letter telling him that he intended to return to England in order to marry Lilith Jackson his father replied that he forbade it until he had made a career for himself. In 1879 he heard that Lilith had married someone else. When he eventually returned to England he married a friend of his sister, Mariana Louisa Margitson and brought her back to Africa. Later they had a son named Jock (who died of measles at the age of 10) and three daughters.

Returning again to England in 1882, the couple settled in Ditchingham, Norfolk. Later he lived in Kessingland and had connections with the church in Bungay, Suffolk. He turned to the study of law and was called to the bar in 1884. His practice of law was somewhat desultory, and much of his time was taken up by the writing of novels. Heavily influenced by the larger-than-life adventurers he met in Colonial Africa, most notably Frederick Selous and Frederick Russell Burnham, the great mineral wealth discovered in Africa, and the ruins of ancient lost civilizations in Africa such as Great Zimbabwe, Haggard created his Allan Quatermain adventures. Three of his books, The Wizard (1896), Elissa; the doom of Zimbabwe (1899), and Black Heart and White Heart; a Zulu idyll (1900) are dedicated to Burnham's daughter, Nada, the first white child born in Bulawayo, herself named after Haggard's 1892 book: Nada the Lily.

Years later, when Haggard was a successful novelist, he was contacted by his former love, Lilith Jackson. She had been deserted by her husband, who had left her penniless and infected her with syphilis, from which she eventually died. It was Haggard who paid her medical bills. These details were not generally known until the publication of Haggard's 1983 biography by D. S. Higgins.

Haggard was heavily involved in agricultural reform and was a member of many Commissions on land use and related affairs, work that involved several trips to the Colonies and Dominions. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1912, and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1919. He stood unsuccessfully for parliament as a candidate for the Conservative Party

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Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was an English author of adventure novels set in exotic locales, predominantly Africa. King Solomon’s Mines, one of his best-known books, details the life of the explorer Allan Quartermain. She: A History of Adventure followed, introducing the character Ayesha. While much of Haggard’s reputation stems from those two books and their subsequent series, he also wrote nonfiction and short stories.

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Pearl-Maiden 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl Maiden brings to life a period of time which I have otherwise found dull. It reconstructs a clear view of the siege on the city of Jerusalem, while keeping hold of your interest, and intriguing you with its wonderful combination of characters. The book will be enjoyed more by young female readers, but will entertain most. I give this book five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really shows you, what a hard life it was during Roman time, and to be a Christian was even more dangerous. H. Rider Haggared tells the story of a beautiful woman and her hard life during the time after Jesus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a novel from a male author, c.1900, so I thought, O.K, this MIGHT be good but I doubt it. So I got it...and then the other two books in the trilogy, and King Solomon's Mines, and I'm trying to order another of his books. I was actually very impressed, especially considering the era it was written in. O.K, since BN didn't give a summary, I will: a Jew sends his Christian daughter and her husband to the arena (think 1st century) because he thinks they're heretics. However, the wife and her servant manage to escape, and board a ship for Egypt. Along the way the woman gives birth to her baby girl, dying shortly after. Meanwhile, the ship goes down but the servant manages to get to the shore with the girl. (And that's just the prologue!) Anyway, Miriam (the daughter) grows up in some kind of all-male religious community (they are all called her uncles) except for a companion who is found for her. As they get older he falls in love with her and is kind of the fanatically jealous type, which means that a Roman tribune who enters the story causes quite a bit of friction. (And murder attempts) Anyway, without going into any more detail or giving away the important points, I'll stop by saying that this book was really well written, and one that I'll probably read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book in paper back and I love it so much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A touching and sweet book, full of interesting characters. It shows the love and protection God gives to those who serve Him and "that all things work together for good for them who love God and are called according to His purpose".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites. I think that it is well written and one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. If you love history and romance this is for you. The romance between Miriam and Marcus is honorable and squeeky clean. Just what it should be. The level of detail is very good without being boring. Read this if you love Charlotte Bronte or Jane Austen.
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