An Evangelical Family Revealed: The Bickersteth and Monier-Williams Letters and Diaries 1880-1918 (Margaret Ford) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Social History section. priced at just £5.00!
York: Ford Publishing, 2010, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Ribbon markers ; Colour photographs;
From the cover: When Sam Bickersteth, an ordained son of the Bishop of Exeter, married Ella Monier-Williams, the daughter of the Oxford Professor of Sanskrit in 1881, the marriage united two large families. Memoirs, diaries, notebooks and letters reveal the background, upbringing and lives of their six sons from the age of eight. Conscientious Monier, academic Geoffrey, sports-loving Burgon and Julian, difficult Morris and irrepressible Ralph dance though the records. Sams daily life as Vicar of Lewisham and then of Leeds reveal the Bickersteth emphases both on the sacraments and work with non-conformists when this was unusual among evangelicals. Ella shatters the stereotypes of vicarage wives. In France, where four of their sons served, one being killed on the Somme, faith held firm though attitudes to war and society changed. A unique picture emerges of the professional and private lives of a late Victorian clerical family whose motto was To work, to work and whose members turned their boundless energy and enthusiasm to service in the Church, the Empire and the Services.
Introduction by: John Bickersteth & Evelyn Faithfull Monier-Williams
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Lacks the genealogical table in plastic pocket inside back cover.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 203 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.