Victorian Miniature / Edition 1

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Overview

Nancy Mitford once observed that some of the most bitter personal clashes of all time have been 'between the Manor and the Vicarage'. Owen Chadwick's Victorian Miniature paints a detailed cameo of nineteenth-century English rural life, in the extraordinary battle of wills between squire and parson in a Norfolk village. Both the evangelical clergyman and the squire, proudly conscious of his Huguenot ancestry, were passionate diarists, and their two journals open up a fascinating double perspective on the events which exposed their clash of personalities. The result is a narrative that is at once deeply informative about Victorian class distinctions, rural customs and festivities, and richly entertaining in a manner worthy of Trollope.

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'It reads like a novel, and it is in fact a small masterpiece.' John Clive, The Times Literary Supplement

'Better than any fiction.' The Times

'Chadwick tells their story with grace and great charm, for he is as fully a master of writing as of history, and there can be hardly anybody who would not rejoice over the reading of such a book as this, which is quite fascinating from its first page to its last.' The Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521422512
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Canto original Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Squire and parson; 2. Andrew; 3. Ketteringham; 4. Sir John Boileau; 5. The submission of the clergy; 6. James Rush; 7. Ama; 8. The coffins; 9. Charles; 10. Caroline; Epilogue; Sources; Index.

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