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By James Covert

Mandell Creighton (1843-1901) was once a recognized historian and the 1st editor of the English ancient overview. His intelligence and effort made an effect upon everybody he met. famous by means of Queen Victoria, merely his premature loss of life stopped him turning into Archbishop of Canterbury. His spouse Louise (1850 -1936) was once a prolific historian in her personal correct. Her power of personality and organisational skill made her a average chief of Victorian women's hobbies. The writings of this notable couple, specifically their letters, tell us them in detail, making their personalities and personal lives as attention-grabbing as their public careers. We see their relationships with one another and with their seven childrens. we all know approximately their paintings and their domestic lifestyles, their servants, their homes, their vacations in Italy, the buddies they entertained and the pleasures in their lives together.

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35 And it certainly explains a great deal about Creighton's mental and moral posture as a young man, and gives further evidence that his inclination at the time was both educational and religious. Finally, the letter contains numerous ideas later found in his adult notions on such things as balancing the role of the individual within the institution, individual rights versus responsibilities, cause and effect regarding private and public actions, how personal example can modify behaviour, proper and improper use of corporal punishment, and distinguishing delegated authority from residual power.

In 1842 he married Sarah Mandell, tenth child of Thomas Mandell and Mary Rayson. Thomas Mandell was a yeoman farmer near Bolton in A MOST P R O M I S I N G SCHOLAR 25 Cumberland. Robert and Sarah's marriage commenced under a cloud, however. When Robert was refused permission to marry from Sarah's dominating brother, with whom she was living, Sarah agreed to elope to Gretna Green, Scotland, not an uncommon thing for impatient couples to do in those days. Gretna Green, once described as 'a spot which many people have visited to their woe', was just across the border from Carlisle.

Mandell surely must have waxed eloquent about the charms of his favourite landscape where placid, subtle green valleys spilled out into small lakes beneath sharp hills of stone and sod. He introduced her to the Italian languange, and she in turn promised to teach him German. He read Dante aloud, her venture into Italian literature, and they talked and talked. They discussed George Sand's novels and Goethe's poetry, and beautiful paintings. What Louise found most intriguing and in some respects disquieting was Mandell's family and the culture of the north.

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