Joan of Arc as Victorian heroine: as if
praying before battle with cross-like sword, crinoline and corset beneath
Queen Elizabeth I tends to get better or worse
press in comparison to her Catholic sister Mary or her captive, Mary Queen
of Scots; Victorians begin to praise a great monarch who inspired a golden
Lady Jane Grey, queen regnant of England for
less than two weeks, too little time to become a blameworthy ruling
Pocahontas alone represents Native Americans
in these books but she joins others as a leader's daughter, a Christian
convert, and a rescuer of a man.
Lady Rachel Russell, now admired for letters
and memoirs, served as clerk in her husband's trial for treason against
Charles II; Victorians admired her wifely heroism.
Hannah More, bluestocking and eminent
conservative educator, by any lights was a model for nineteenth-century
Jenny Lind, world-famous as "the Swedish
Nightingale," opera singer who rose from the people.
Frances Power Cobbe, incisive social critic,
forerunner of lesbian feminist animal-rights activists today.
Adelaide Procter, renowned Victorian poet,
daughter of the writer "Barry Cornwall"; a Catholic convert who died
Sister Dora emulated Florence Nightingale as a
nurse-administrator but in an industrial hospital near Birmingham.
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