A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin

THE MACDONALD SISTERS Alice, Georgiana, Agnes, and Louisa started life in the teeming ranks of the lower middle classes, denied the advantages of education and the expectation of social advancement Yet as wives and mothers they would connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister, and the uncrowned poet laureate of the Empire Georgiana andTHE MACDONALD SISTERS Alice, Georgiana, Agnes, and Louisa started life in the teeming ranks of the lower middle classes, denied the advantages of education and the expectation of social advancement Yet as wives and mothers they would connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister, and the uncrowned poet laureate of the Empire Georgiana and Alice married, respectively, the pre Raphaelite painter Edward Burne Jones and the arts administrator Edward Poynter Louisa gave birth to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and Alice was mother to Rudyard Kipling A Circle of Sisters brings to life four women living at a privileged moment in history Their progress from obscurity to imperial grandeur indicates the vitality of nineteenth century Britain a society abundant with possibility From their homes in India, America, and England, the sisters formed a network that, through the triumphs and tragedies of their families and the Empire, uniquely endured.
A Circle of Sisters Alice Kipling Georgiana Burne Jones Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin THE MACDONALD SISTERS Alice Georgiana Agnes and Louisa started life in the teeming ranks of the lower middle classes denied the advantages of education and the expectation of social advancement Ye

  • Title: A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin
  • Author: Judith Flanders
  • ISBN: 9780393052107
  • Page: 239
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    Judith Flanders

    Judith Flanders was born in London, England, in 1959 She moved to Montreal, Canada, when she was two, and spent her childhood there, apart from a year in Israel in 1972, where she signally failed to master Hebrew.After university, Judith returned to London and began working as an editor for various publishing houses After this 17 year misstep, she began to write and in 2001 her first book, A Circle of Sisters, the biography of four Victorian sisters, was published to great acclaim, and nominated for the Guardian First Book Award In 2003, The Victorian House 2004 in the USA, as Inside the Victorian Home received widespread praise, and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards History Book of the Year In 2006 Consuming Passions, was published Her most recent book, The Invention of Murder, was published in 2011.Judith also contributes articles, features and reviews for a number of newspapers and magazines.

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    • Sherwood Smith said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      A readably adequate general introduction to the Macdonald sisters and their severally famous husbands/offspring. It begins quite strongly, painting a solid picture of the Methodists' perspective on the early nineteenth century, but once the sisters marry, the focus seems to shift more to the men and their achievements. Two of the sisters retire to their beds as professional invalids, and nearly disappear: though Flanders warns of this in the introduction, I thought that meant there would be some [...]

    • Hilary Hicklin said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Purportedly about the Macdonald sisters who married Edward Burne-Jones, Poynter, and the fathers of Kipling, and Stanley Baldwin, this was more about their husbands and sons than about themselves. In fact two of the sisters seemed to spend most of their lives on their sick beds.There was, however, some interesting social history of the Victorian period, but the style was leaden and there was a sense that the author was determined to include all her research however tenuous. Disappointing.

    • Leonie said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      The subject matter was interesting enough, and the writing wasn't devoid of entertainment, but this was a little disappointing. Part of the problem is that this claims to be a biography of four sisters. It is more a biography of a much wider family milieu and Agnes and Louisa in particular get very little space indeed. This possibly means that the project is a little misconceived and not all the sisters actually did much and there just isn't the material. But that's not really a good enough reas [...]

    • Wealhtheow said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      A poor family headed by a Methodist minister had five surviving daughters and two sons. Of these, the four daughters who married all had husbands or sons of import, and are supposedly the focus of this book.I say supposedly because pages go by without one of them being mentioned. The vast majority of this book is actually about their various relations. From the first to the last the four sisters get very little attention, and in fact I came away with only a vague understanding of Georgie Burne-J [...]

    • Suzanne said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Absolutely fascinating. Wonderfully readable, the text draws you into the world of the MacDonald sisters, with Georgiana Burne Jones's ineractions with the Pre-Raphaelite circle most interesting of all. Recommended.

    • Sarah Boothroyd said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Full of interesting information; I didn't care for the occasionally sneering tone.

    • Brenda Clough said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      A linked biography of the sisters, which goes deeply into the things a Victorian woman could (and could not) do.

    • Veronica said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      What a contrast to Pandora's Daughters! Instead of indulging in pointless anecdotes and vague generalisations, Flanders gives us a meticulously detailed and exhaustively researched insight into the lives of four sisters born in the first half of the nineteenth century. As the jacket copy says, "Their journey, in a single generation, from provincial obscurity to metropolitan and imperial grandeur symbolized the energy and vitality of nineteenth-century Britain a society open to talent and abunda [...]

    • Safiya Florence said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      What have the painter Edward Burne-Jones, the Royal Academy of Arts director Edward Poynter, Rudyard Kipling and the Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in common? they're all directly related to five sisters, Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa Macdonald, daughters of a Church Minister who rose from lower middle-class to the centre of Victorian Art, Political and Business societies. Surprisingly, the sisters were not very close, had many mental illnesses and behavioural problems and their husbands, a [...]

    • Caroline said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      It's almost a pub quiz question - who or what connects pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, the arts administrator Edward Poynter, prime minister Stanley Baldwin and writer Rudyard Kipling? The answer and the subject of this book is the four MacDonald sisters: Georgiana and Agnes being wife to the first two, and Louisa and Alice mother to the latter two.I'm in two minds in reviewing this book - on the one hand I enjoyed it, on the other I can clearly see where it falls down, where it could [...]

    • Kimberly said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Although, I have read two biographies on The Macdonald Sisters, it is this sweet novella about them that I loved most of all. Judith Flanders, retells the chronological life of not only the sisters and their families but includes their famous husbands to be! The presence artists and the genius of creativity envelops every page. Perhaps, my most favorite aspect of, 'A Circle of Sisters' by Judith Flanders are the quotes of letters by Lady Burne-Jones, her husband Sir Edward Burne-Jones (Ned) and [...]

    • Courtney said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      I am a sucker for a story about matriarchs in times where it was perceived that men were the rulers of families, so I was instantly drawn to A Circe of Sisters. The story follows the four protagonists - Alice Kipling, Georgie Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louie Baldwin - as they create new lineages in the late Renaissance-era Britain. Judith Flanders does an excellent job of blending history with story-telling and is able to bring each of these women to life. However, I found myself disappoint [...]

    • Anne said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      I greatly enjoyed the beginning of this book- I liked the stories of the sisters’ childhoods and the peek into Victorian home life. But by the second half, the book became unwieldy. The writer tried to follow the lives of too many people, and the result was confusing (I felt like I had to take notes- I was constantly thinking things like, “Wait, whose son was Phil, again?”) and almost turned into a timeline format (“in 1892, this person married this person; in 1895, this person died,” [...]

    • Holly said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Two years ago I picked this book up at a library book sale, those rapturous events where bibliophiles of very little budget can indulge their madness. It jumped out at me amongst the stacks and stacks packed too tightly into too small a space probably because of the artwork on the spine of the dust jacket. Aspen and I are Pre-Raphaelite lovers. When I looked over the content of the book and discovered that at least part of the biography was about the wife of Burne-Jones I was sold. . e fact that [...]

    • Virginia Van said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      A biographt of the Macdonald sisters 14Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa - who were born into the lower-middle classes - and yet became wives and mothers to a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister, and the uncrowned poet laureate of the Empire. Georgiana and Agnes married, respectively, the pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones and the arts administrator Edward Poynter; Louisa gave birth to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and Alice was mother to Rudyard K [...]

    • Ruby Hollyberry said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Overall a lot of really fascinating information. Definitely some problems with the writing, as others have noted. Not only a few too many footnotes but way too many authorial asides and rhetorical questions, also the information was poorly broken up into chapters and there are many very curious and glaring omissions. Subtlety is undervalued in the art of biography. Still very much recommended for anyone who is half as interested in some of these individuals (like Kipling and Burne-Jones) as I am [...]

    • P.D.R. Lindsay said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Now how did these sisters become the wives of some of the best creative Victorian men? It's a fascinating read and well worth ignoring the, at times, rather ponderous style.A good introduction to Victorian lives of the non-conforming, or perhaps one should say the less conforming Victorians. Excellent research resource

    • Voirrey said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      The ways in which the different families were linked by the sisters was really fascinating and gave a different angle on the men who were the famous half of each partnership.I particularly liked the insights into the Kipling family.

    • Julie said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      This had the potential to be a very dry book, but Flanders' writing kept it quite interesting. I had the great pleasure to dive into it during a three-day vacation, and was able to really sink into the Victorian glory of the MacDonald sisters' lives.

    • Isabel said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      I loved reading about these well know characters normal life and them having done odd ways and reactions to situations as we all do. It demystifies grandeur and fame, we all have problems.Very good indeed.

    • Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      I thought this sounded like a cool story until I read the introduction. It made it sound like the sisters' lives were atypically interesting until they got married, at which point they (typically for the era) subordinated their lives to their husbands'.

    • Marta Palomares said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Very well written and entertaining due to its well-presented historical facts. It joins the history of several families and world-known historical figures in a single chronological line, so this keeps the reader motivated to continue reading. Highly recommendable!

    • Linda said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      This book was everything I expected and more. I learned much more about Georgianna MacDonald and Ned Burne Jones than I ever gleaned from any other Pre-Raphaelite offerings, which is what I'd hoped for. I wasn't disappointed.

    • David said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Interesting and very well researched book about a remarkable family

    • Randi said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      While it was factually accurate, I found it to be a very dry read. I had hoped for it to read more like a novel and less like a research paper.

    • Tessa said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      This was an excellent biography of the Lennox Sisters and their families.

    • Carol said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      Collective biography of Victorian English women in a very literary family. I found their story absorbing.

    • Janie Harrison said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:04 PM

      A re-read for research

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