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Mary Gladstone

A Gentle Rebel

Gooddie, Sheila


März 2024
300 Seiten, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-0-470-85426-6
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An intriguing account of a woman at the heart of world politics,
half a century before women had the vote

The world was at a point of transition between the Victorian age
and the modern world of the twentieth century. The Ottoman Empire
was in decline, the European states were jostling for power in
Africa, industrialization and the coming of the railway age had
transformed society and the working man and woman were starting to
fight for their right to education, suffrage and a better way of

Mary Gladstone was daughter and private secretary to William
Gladstone, the eminent Liberal Prime Minister of the later
Victorian age. Throughout the 1880s and 1890s she was at the heart
of British politics, campaigning for her father, dealing with
official correspondence and controlling access to the Prime
Minister as well as disseminating and controlling information from
the PM both to the press and to his ministers.

This biography of Mary focuses on the period during which she was
working with her father up to his death in 1898. It covers a
crucial period in British history including Gladstone's attempts to
give home rule to Ireland, brinkmanship in the Balkans, the height
of the Empire and domestic reform such as universal male suffrage
and elementary education for all.

Sheila Gooddie is now a full time writer and author of two previous

* An insight into the workings of politics in the final years of
the Victorian era and at the height of the days of Empire

* Adds a different perspective on William Gladstone, a giant of the
Victorian age

* Based on private letters as well as official documentation

Sheila Gooddie is a writer and former teacher. She returned
to study for an honours degree in English Language and Literature
at Manchester University in the late 1970s; discovered a delight in
research and became fascinated with the art and craft of biography.
Her previous books include The Summers of Shotton,
co-written with the late Brian Redhead, and Annie Horniman: A
Pioneer in the Theatre. She stumbled upon Mary Gladstone by
chance. Her curiosity deepened over years of research on this
daughter, who alone amongst her four brothers and two sisters,
became 'all-sufficing' to her father in his second term of office
as Prime Minister in the 1880s, when Britain's influence extended
into all corners of the world.