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Book Title: The Little Duke|
The author of the book: Charlotte Mary Yonge
Edition: Yesterday's Classics
Date of issue: July 15th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781599152066
Format files: PDF
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As a long-time fan of Charlotte Yonge, I thought it was about time to read one of her better known books, even though I'm mostly interested in her as a chronicler of mid-Victorian family life, and not as a writer of historical fiction. It took me some time to get into the story, because at the outset I knew literally nothing about the history of Medieval Normandy, and was generally confused about what was going on (Vikings in France? Who knew?). However, I persevered, and was soon unexpectedly engrossed by the story, and found the second half flew by quickly. It would be interesting to know how historically accurate it is. A note at the end of my edition (which is from 1927), suggests that it mostly is. I do find myself wondering if the Normans of the year 943 were as passionate about the ideal of Christian forgiveness as Yonge was herself. None the less, in an illogical way, I can't help thinking that because she is "old fashioned," and only 900 years removed from the historical events, as opposed to our 1,050+, she is somehow more in tune with the Medieval point of view!
I like my particular copy of the book very much. Unlike the one pictured for this edition, it has red boards (which I like better than blue for an old book, because it looks more jewel-like on the shelves). It has very nice illustrations by Marguerite Deangeli, and there were a couple of echoes in the story that made me think it might in some small part have helped to inspire Deangeli's own Medieval story, The Door in the Wall, which she published a couple decades after illustrating this one. Lastly, I bought it at the same slightly junky by not unappealing used book store at which I bought my copy of Sue Barton, Rural Nurse, and like that book, it is extremely worn and shabby, ex-library, with an interesting (to me) provenance. The library stamp is of the St. Thomas choir school in Manhattan. How Anglican can you get!
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Read information about the authorCharlotte Mary Yonge was an English novelist, known for her huge output, now mostly out of print.
She began writing in 1848, and published during her long life about 160 works, chiefly novels. Her first commercial success, The Heir of Redclyffe (1853), provided the funding to enable the schooner Southern Cross to be put into service on behalf of George Selwyn. Similar charitable works were done with the profits from later novels. Yonge was also a founder and editor for forty years of The Monthly Packet, a magazine (founded in 1851) with a varied readership, but targeted at British Anglican girls (in later years it was addressed to a somewhat wider readership).
Among the best known of her works are The Heir of Redclyffe, Heartsease, and The Daisy Chain. A Book of Golden Deeds is a collection of true stories of courage and self-sacrifice. She also wrote Cameos from English History, Life of John Coleridge Patteson: Missionary Bishop of the Melanesian Islands and Hannah More. Her History of Christian Names was described as "the first serious attempt at tackling the subject" and as the standard work on names in the preface to the first edition of Withycombe's The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names, 1944.
Her personal example and influence on her god-daughter, Alice Mary Coleridge, played a formative role in Coleridge's zeal for women's education and thus, indirectly, led to the foundation of Abbots Bromley School for Girls.
After her death, her friend, assistant and collaborator, Christabel Coleridge, published the biographical Charlotte Mary Yonge: her Life and Letters (1903).
The Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship, a website with lots of information.
See Charlotte's character page for books about her.
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