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The Magnificent Mrs Tennant: The Adventurous Life of Gertrude Tennant, Victorian Grande Dame

The Magnificent Mrs Tennant The Adventurous Life of Gertrude Tennant Victorian Grande Dame Gertrude Tennant s life was remarkable for its length but even so for the influence she achieved as an unsurpassed London hostess The salon she established when widowed in her early fiftie

  • Title: The Magnificent Mrs Tennant: The Adventurous Life of Gertrude Tennant, Victorian Grande Dame
  • Author: David Waller
  • ISBN: 9780300139358
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gertrude Tennant s life was remarkable for its length 1819 1918 , but even so for the influence she achieved as an unsurpassed London hostess The salon she established when widowed in her early fifties attracted legions of celebrities, among them William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Thomas Huxley, John Everett Millais, Henry James, and RGertrude Tennant s life was remarkable for its length 1819 1918 , but even so for the influence she achieved as an unsurpassed London hostess The salon she established when widowed in her early fifties attracted legions of celebrities, among them William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Thomas Huxley, John Everett Millais, Henry James, and Robert Browning In her youth she had a fling with Gustave Flaubert, and in her later years she became the redoubtable mother in law to the explorer Henry Morton Stanley But as a woman in a male dominated world, Mrs Tennant has been remembered mainly as a footnote in the lives of eminent men This book recovers the lost life of Gertrude Tennant, drawing on a treasure trove of recently discovered family papers thousands of letters, including two dozen original letters from Flaubert to Tennant dozens of diaries and many other unpublished documents relating to Stanley and other famous figures of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries David Waller presents Gertrude Tennant s life in colorful detail, placing her not only at the heart of a multigenerational, matriarchal family epic but also at the center of European social, literary, and intellectual life for the best part of a century.

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    1 thought on “The Magnificent Mrs Tennant: The Adventurous Life of Gertrude Tennant, Victorian Grande Dame

    1. The Victorians were marvellous, weren't they? Innovative, industrious, creative and philanthropic, it wasn't just about who had the biggest bustle or the bushiest whiskers, for the most part they put the 'Great' in Great Britain.Unfortunately, they were also sadly repressed snobs and prudes, preoccupied with hiding saucy-looking table legs out of view and appearing as pious and wholesome as possible. Thanks to their neurotic bowdlerization of letters and diaries, we lost a wealth of historical, [...]

    2. Mrs tennant is not as interesting as the commercial hype surrounding the book suggests. She is monochromatic in comparison to the television miniseries character with whom she is compared (the duchess of downtown abbey). If one desires to acquire a very bland taste of what Victorian life was like, this book will suffice. Otherwise, it is unentertaining, loosely woven and does not offer up a memorable character at all. The most touching (if slightly melodramatic) part was Gertrude the grieving wi [...]

    3. An interesting insight into the lives of women during the Victorian era. The first part of the book about Gertrude Tennant's unconventional upbringing is more interesting than the latter part of her life when she hosted her salon. The period was well researched but I did not find the book a gripping read.

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