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ISBN:0199270325
Author: Frances Harris
ISBN13: 978-0199270323
Title: Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin
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Language: English
Category: History and Criticism
Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 3, 2004)
Pages: 344

Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin by Frances Harris



Dewey Decimal Classification Number: 828/. 403 21. Personal Name: Harris, Frances. Publication, Distribution, et. Oxford ; New York Personal Name: Godolphin, Margaret Blagge, 1652-1678 Friends and associates. Geographic Name: England Social life and customs 17th century.

Transformations of Love book. All the same, this book has got me thinking pretty deeply about the meaning and diverse merits of love and friendship, where the line lies between the two (different for everybody, I think), and what we can learn from even the imperfect friendships of people like John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin about the importance of Christian friendship.

The most controversial episode in the life of the seventeenth-century virtuoso and diarist John Evelyn has always been his passionate, complex friendship with the Restoration maid of honour Margaret Blagge, afterwards Mrs Godolphin. His 'Life of Mrs Godolphin', written after her early death in childbirth, exalted the friendship and represented her as effectively a saint. They saw their intense friendship as platonic spiritual mentoring

John Evelyn ranks with his friend Samuel Pepys as one of the best loved of English diarists. This is an absorbing new study of the most controversial episode of his life: his passionate "seraphic" friendship with Margaret Godolphin, a maid of honor at the Restoration court of Charles II. Set against the vivid background of the court and the great gardens of the time, Transformations of Love provides new insights into the sexual and spiritual worlds of early modern England. Uploading RS. Sponsored High Speed Downloads.

Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin (Oxford Paperback Reference). Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin (Oxford Paperback Reference).

Harris recreates the world of tury England well. The story of the friendship does not actually begin until chapter 6 of a nine-chapter book. Chapters 1 through 5 describe the contours of Evelyn's life in eye-catching detail: his domestic milieu and physical environment, his temperament, his marriage to Mary Brown and their family life, and the world of the court and royal households. When Margaret and Godolphin finally married in secret in May 1675, not only was Evelyn not a witness nor guest at their wedding, but Margaret hid the fact of marriage from him for a year.

Yet it was at court in 1669 that Evelyn found among the maids of honour a young woman who became the love of his life. Her name was Margaret Blagge and she was 17 when they first met, while he was 48 and had been married for 22 years to an excellent wife. Clearly this chaste but passionate love story was played out under a very different set of conventions from those prevailing at court, where the king conducted his adulterous liaisons virtually in public

3. Description this book John Evelyn ranks with his friend Samuel Pepys as one of the best loved of English diarists. co/PXVKY John Evelyn ranks with his friend Samuel Pepys as. one of the best loved of English diarists.

For this, historians must turn to his Life of Mrs Godolphin (belatedly published in 1847) and to the letters that Margaret wrote to her future husband, Sidney Godolphin, which came to light only in the 1990s.

John Evelyn ranks with his friend Samuel Pepys as one of the best loved of English diarists. In 1669, Evelyn began the most controversial episode of his life: a passionate 'seraphic' friendship with Margaret Godolphin, a maid of honour at the court of Charles II, 30 years his junior. Set against the background of the court and the great gardens of the time, Transformations of Love is the story of a complex and ambiguous relationship.

John Evelyn ranks with his friend Samuel Pepys as one of the best loved of English diarists. This is an absorbing new study of the most controversial episode of his life: his passionate "seraphic" friendship with Margaret Godolphin, a maid of honor at the Restoration court of Charles II. Set against the vivid background of the court and the great gardens of the time, Transformations of Love provides new insights into the sexual and spiritual worlds of early modern England.