Florence Nightingale Was For A Time The Most Famous Woman In Britain If Not The World We Know Her Today Primarily As A Saintly Character, Perhaps As A Heroic Reformer Of Britain S Health Care System The Reality Is Involved And Far Fascinating In An Utterly Beguiling Narrative That Reads Like The Best Victorian Fiction, Acclaimed Author Gillian Gill Tells The Story Of This Richly Complex Woman And Her Extraordinary FamilyBorn To An Adoring Wealthy, Cultivated Father And A Mother Whose Conventional Facade Concealed A Surprisingly Unfettered Intelligence, Florence Was Connected By Kinship Or Friendship To The Cream Of Victorian England S Intellectual Aristocracy Though Moving In A World Of Ease And Privilege, The Nightingales Came From Solidly Middle Class Stock With Deep Traditions Of Hard Work, Natural Curiosity, And Moral Clarity So It Should Have Come As No Surprise To William Edward And Fanny Nightingale When Their Younger Daughter, Florence, Showed An Early Passion For Helping Others Combined With A Precocious Bent For Power Far Problematic Was Florence S Inexplicable Refusal To Marry The Well Connected Richard Monckton Milnes As Gill So Brilliantly Shows, This Matrimonial Refusal Was At Once An Act Of Religious Dedication And A Cry For Her Freedom As A Woman And As A Leader Florence S Later Insistence On Traveling To The Crimea At The Height Of War To Tend To Wounded Soldiers Was All But Incendiary Especially For Her Older Sister, Parthenope, Whose Frustration At Being In The Shade Of Her Charismatic Sibling Often Led To Illness Florence Succeeded Beyond Her Wildest Dreams But At The Height Of Her Celebrity, At The Age Of Thirty Seven, She Retired To Her Bedroom And Remained There For Most Of The Rest Of Her Life, Allowing Visitors Only By AppointmentCombining Biography, Politics, Social History, And Consummate Storytelling, Nightingales Is A Dazzling Portrait Of An Amazing Woman, Her Difficult But Loving Family, And The High Victorian Era They So Perfectly Epitomized Beautifully Written, Witty, And Irresistible, Nightingales Is Truly A Tour De Force From The Hardcover Edition
Gillian Gill, who holds a PhD in modern French literature from Cambridge University, has taught at Northeastern, Wellesley, Yale, and Harvard She is the author of Nightingales The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale, Agatha Christie The Woman and Her Mysteries, and Mary Baker Eddy She lives in suburban Boston.
- 544 pages
- Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale
- Gillian Gill
- 05 May 2018 Gillian Gill