The Ladies Of Llangollen

The Ladies Of Llangollen

by Elizabeth Mavor

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ISBN-13: 9780953956173
Publisher: Moonrise Press Ltd
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Sarahursula on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Mrs Radcliffe could have written the early lives of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, the subjects of Elizabeth Mavor¿s joint biography. There are gothic persecutions and plot twists aplenty. The imperious Butlers, ruined Irish Catholic grandees, threatened Lady Eleanor with incarceration in a mouldering French convent because no suitor wanted her (the feeling was reciprocated by Lady Eleanor). Miss Ponsonby was harassed by an obsessed guardian tired of his middle-aged wife. They eloped together dressed as men and set up home together in a pretty gothic cottage in the Vale of Llangollen. It doesn¿t matter, although Mavor worries, whether they were friends or lovers, chaste as St Ursula or as busy as Sappho, or what went on in the four-poster bed they shared for the rest of their lives. They were good, genteel, a trifle snobbish, faithful to each other for over half a century, voracious readers and rural bluestockings. There are cats, dogs, famous friends, lovely gardens, a fantastic comic cook-housekeeper and not a man in the house. Well, apart from Wordsworth, who wrote a dull poem about them, and the strapping young Duke of Wellington who carved his name on their kitchen fireplace. Delightful women, delightful lives and a delightful book.