Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901), was an English novelist, known for her huge output. She was devoted to the Church of England, and much influenced by John Keble, a near neighbour and one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement. Her novels reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism. She began writing in 1848, and published during her long life about 100 works, chCharlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901), was an English novelist, known for her huge output. She was devoted to the Church of England, and much influenced by John Keble, a near neighbour and one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement. Her novels reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism. She began writing in 1848, and published during her long life about 100 works, chiefly novels. Her first commercial success, The Heir of Redclyffe (1854), 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. She was also editor, for nearly forty years, of a magazine for young ladies, the Monthly Packet. Among the best known of her works are Heartsease; or, The Brother's Wife (1854), The Daisy Chain; or, Aspirations (1856), A History of Christian Names (1863, revised 1884), A Book of Golden Deeds (1864), The Dove in the Eagle's Nest (1866), Life of John Coleridge Patteson: Missionary Bishop of the Melanesian Islands (1873) and Hannah More (1888)....
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This book struck me as a cross between Henty and the Lamplighter genre; a great deal of adventure(Henty), with a simplistic approach to them (Lamplighter). This novel follows first the adventures of Christina and then those of her sons, the Barons Eberhard and Friedmund. The concept of twin brothers so close as to almost form a part of each other reminded me of The Brethren by H. R. Haggard, and I believe I enjoy that setting; some asset of it is very intense. Overall, I loved the old-time language, was pleased by the morality exhibited through-out, and wish that a certain main character would not have died.http://www.classicreader.com/book/435/
Good story but hard to get past the language and phrasing. Nice glimpse of German history.
Christina Sorel, saintly heroine of this mostly uneventful and underwhelming historical novel set in the rocky reaches of Austria in the 15th century, is abandoned as a baby by her mercenary father to be brought up by his lowly brother, a carpenter. When the father suddenly returns she is sixteen and finally of use to him, so he takes her with him to attend a sick maiden and gain favor with his master, the robber baron Freiherr von Adlerstein.Adlerstein is one of a dying breed, tenaciously holding onto his own remote territory as Maximilian I was forcibly uniting an empire, freeing it from the random tyranny of Faust Recht ('fist right'). Christina is frightened of him and his boorish son Eberhard, but finds that she exerts an unlikely influence on the latter, initially through 'the low-toned softness of (her) voice, so utterly different from the shrill wrangling notes of all the other women he had known'.In her introduction Yonge explains how a great part of her aim in this novel was to illustrate the 'contrast between the cultivation in the free cities and the savagery of the independent barons' at that time and place in history. However, for the rough times and the lawless environment of those disputed baronial border territories it's an impossibly soft story, awash in pious sentimentality.As if that isn't failure enough, the twin sons of Christina and Eberhard, figures supposedly brave and heroic, prove to be a couple of cringingly insipid mummy's boys in need of a good clip round the ear.Their interminable use of irritatingly arcane appellations when addressing their "motherling" near drove me out of my mind, e.g., "Do not wake the mother. It must be ere she or aught else be astir!" Yonge wrote many novels and was a popular and respected writer in her time, but I could find little evidence for that here.
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I heard that Charlotte Yonge's books were very good, and was disappointed. It reminds me rather of an Elsie Dinsmore book. Unlike Elsie, the heroine makes mistakes, but the book seems to focus on her morality and virtue rather than a plot, or drawing the reader to Christ. The plot is good, even intriguing, but it all goes to reveal the "exemplary" character of the heroine. If you like the Elsie books, you may like this even more. It is an enjoyable book, but if you think a well-written story should offer something more substantial to the reader that an example of wonderful character, you may be disappointed, as I was. Overall, with the setting, the medieval time period, and the drama, it is an enjoyable read.
1 NOV 2016 - find it here - Project Gutenberg - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3139
I like Charlotte Yonge's stories even though they seem antiquated insofar as language is concerned but the medieval history it contains fascinates me. Lovely to have them free for Kindle!