Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901) was an English novelist whose books helped to spread the influence of the Oxford Movement within the Church of England. She was educated at home by her father, studying Latin, Greek, French, Euclid and algebra, and whilst his lessons could be harsh she had a lifelong devotion to him. Her close association with the Oxford Movement arose from the influence of John Keble, Vicar of Hursley from 1835, a near neighbour and one of the Movement's leaders, and her novels frequently reflect the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism. She began writing in 1848 and over her long life published around 160 works, chiefly novels, and was widely read and respected during the 19th century, her admirers including Lewis Carroll, George Elliot, Anthony Trollope and William Gladstone. This historical novel was first published in 1865 and is reprinted from the Macmillan edition of 1909.
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About the Author
Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823 - 1901) was an English novelist known for her huge output. Yonge was born into a religious family background, was devoted to the High Church and much influenced by John Keble, Vicar of Hursley from 1835, a near neighbour and one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement. Yonge is herself sometimes referred to as "the novelist of the Oxford Movement", as her novels frequently reflect the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism. She remained in Otterbourne all her life and for 71 years was a teacher in the village Sunday school.