She was born into the English urban middle class, but very little is known about her early life and education. It seems most likely that she came from white parents and that Joseph Parkes
Family and Intimate relationships
Bessie Rayner Parkes
, Bessie's father, was a solicitor and a Unitarian of Radical sympathies. In 1833 he was secretary to a parliamentary commission on municipal reform, which recommended important changes in local government. At about...
Westwater, Martha. The Wilson Sisters. Ohio University Press, 1984.
friends until they fell out just before Emilie was married. Westwater suggests that they may have been introduced by Bessie Parkes
, whose father,...
Intertextuality and Influence
Mary Ann Evans had been reading Das Leben Jesu by David Friedrich Strauss
when she was persuaded by her new circle of liberal friends at Coventry to take on the task of translating it into...
Other Life Event
Public interest was heightened by the Codringtons' social status and the sensational details of the case; the trial attracted a high degree of attention. Joseph Parkes
passed on to Bessie Parkes
the rumour that EF