A Testimony of Her Times: Based on Penelope Hind’s Diaries and Correspondence 1787-1838 by Sarah Markham

A Testimony of Her Times: Based on Penelope Hind’s Diaries and Correspondence 1787-1838 by Sarah Markham soon to be presented for sale on the special BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Salisbury: Michael Russell , 1990, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Signed by the author, with dedication, on the half-title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: Drawing on the family papers which were the source of her admirable John Loveday of Caversham, Sarah Markham now introduces the succeeding generation, a portrait based on the diaries and correspondence of one of John Lovedays daughters, Penelope Hind. It is full of quiet domestic detail: Penelope spent several years of widowhood near Hungerford before becoming, in 1808, the wife of the vicar of Findon in Sussex. Most interesting and a rarity in such contemporary accounts is the closely observed relationship between the diarist and the children of servants and villagers (a relationship that Professor Antony Cox analyses in a postscript). There is new information on Penelopes friendship with the statesman William Windham, and she also records, through cuttings and correspondence from friends and relations, news from the wider world -there are some excellent vignettes of court life and, in particular, an enjoyably robust account of meeting Lord Byron. The eyewitness experience of the agricultural riots of the 18305, recounted in detail, tempers nostalgia for the country idyll. The incidence of mishap and bereavement reminds us, too, that illness in those days took an immeasurably harsher toll. Sarah Markham has marshalled her material skilfully and her supporting research is, as ever, impeccable. Her book is fairly titled A Testimony of Her Times, because that, without the distortions of great position or extremes of fortunate or adverse circumstance, is exactly what it is.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and onto the margins of both panels and now sealed in mylar. Text complete, clean and tight.

Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 245 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

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