The Impossible Life of Mary Benson: The Extraordinary Story of a Victorian Wife
Young Minnie Sidgwick was just twelve years old when her cousin, twenty-three-year old Edward Benson, proposed to her in 1853. Edward went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury and little Minnie - as Mary Benson - to preside over Lambeth Palace, and a social world that ranged from Tennyson and Browning to foreign royalty and Queen Victoria herself. Prime Minister William Gladstone called her 'the cleverest woman in Europe'.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vguy - LibraryThing
Surprisingly delightful. I was expecting something scandal-ridden and rackety but in fact we get a story, improbable but very real, of a warm-hearted and intelligent woman, caught in the web of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dgbdgb - LibraryThing
Good, well written biography - she was wife to Edward Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, and quite a matriarch, and brought up a brood of very talented, if somewhat odd children - several of whom became quite well known (E F Benson) and mixed with many of the key figures of the age. Read full review