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Maude Royden, famous as an early twentieth-century campaigner for women's status in the ministry of the Church of England, was also a preacher, suffragist, feminist, and anti-war activist. She published at least fifty works in forty years, most of them polemical. Her pamphlets, sermons, and speeches range in topic through religion and Christianity, women's role in the Church, sexual morality and birth control, female suffrage and women's rights, pacifism, and national and international politics. She established the interdenominational fellowship the Guildhouse in 1920, preached there, and published the monthly Guildhouse Fellowship. From the 1910s until the late 1940s, she published many letters to the editor of the Times as well as articles there. Her autobiography details her unconventionally shared life with the Rev. Hudson Shaw and his wife.
23 November 1876 MR was born Agnes Maude Royden at Mossley Hill near Liverpool. Bibliographic Citation link.
1921 In her well-known study of sexuality, Sex and Common Sense, MR argued that sex is not base but is a noble act of creation, and, more significantly, that women possess sexual instincts and must be allowed to act on them. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1947 MR's autobiography, A Threefold Cord, which largely focuses on her unconventional, platonic, three-way relationship with the Rev. Hudson Shaw and his wife Effie, appeared three years after Shaw's death. Bibliographic Citation link.
30 July 1956 At seventy-nine years of age, MR died at home in London after a long, unspecified illness. Bibliographic Citation link.
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