Elizabeth Charles

Standard Name: Charles, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Elizabeth Rundle
Married Name: Elizabeth Charles
Married Name: Mrs Rundle Charles
Used Form: the author of Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family
Used Form: the author of Tales and Sketches of Christian Life
Used Form: the author of The Schönberg-Cotta Family
Used Form: the author of The Voice of Christian Life in Song
Elizabeth Charles wrote novels, poems, and hymns, as well as books on historical and religious subjects. Her entire oeuvre is a testament to her vigorous evangelical convictions; her fiction typically marries religious didacticism with a spirited and readable style, compelling female narrators, and allusions ranging from chemistry to classical literature and aesthetic theory. EC published at least fifty titles during her career in the latter half of the nineteenth century, sixteen with the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge . Her novels went through many editions, and she was widely read in the US.


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Education Marie Belloc Lowndes
One of the earliest books that Marie could remember was Pierre et Pierrette, a celebrated little text written by her grandmother Belloc to improve the education of French village children. She grew up conscious...
Friends, Associates Dora Greenwell
Among DG 's other writer friends were Elizabeth Charles , Margaret Hunt , and Sarah Tytler .
Marsh, Jan. Christina Rossetti: A Writer’s Life. Viking.
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Bett, Henry. Dora Greenwell. Epworth Press.
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Gray, Janet. “Dora Greenwell’s Commonplace Book”. Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 47-74.
50, 51
Gray, Janet. “The Sewing Contest: Christina Rossetti and the Other Women”. A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 233-57.
Hickok, Kathleen. Representations of Women: Nineteenth-Century British Women’s Poetry. Greenwood Press.
She was also acquainted with Longfellow , William Bell Scott
Friends, Associates Marie Belloc Lowndes
As a child MBL was never happy while visiting her mother's friend the religious writer Elizabeth Charles , because of her acute consciousness that Charles's mother, Barbara Rundle , disapproved strongly of her presence among...
Friends, Associates Bessie Rayner Parkes
In later years she became friendly with hymn-writer Elizabeth Rundle Charles .
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. I, Too, Have Lived in Arcadia. Macmillan.
One of her closest non-literary friends was Mary Merryweather , a Quaker nurse who shared BRP 's interest in promoting standards of...
Friends, Associates Bessie Rayner Parkes
While prostrated by grief she relied heavily on friends like Mary Merryweather , Dean Stanley of Westminster Abbey and his wife Lady Augusta Stanley , and Elizabeth Charles .
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. I, Too, Have Lived in Arcadia. Macmillan.
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Friends, Associates Anna Swanwick
Other friends mentioned by her niece and biographer were Fredrika Bremer , Anna Brownell Jameson , Frances Power Cobbe , Thomas Carlyle , George MacDonald , Lady Eastlake , Elizabeth Rundle Charles , Lady Martin
Textual Production Marie Belloc Lowndes
MBL decided in her teens that she wanted to be a writer. In 1887, with the encouragement of her mother (who was based in France) the two of them embarked on a winter in the...
Textual Production Marina Warner
MW published Joan of Arc : The Image of Female Heroism, her study of the legendary Maid of Orleans who became a fearless soldier, a martyr, and eventually a saint.
Warner's biography of Joan...


1832: Joseph Henry Parker took over his uncle's...

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Joseph Henry Parker took over his uncle's Oxford bookselling and publishing business; as J. H. Parker it soon became the foremost publisher of the Oxford or Tractarian Movement.


Charles, Elizabeth. "By the Mystery of Thy Holy Incarnation". Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1890.
Charles, Elizabeth. Against the Stream. Dodd and Mead, 1873.
Charles, Elizabeth. Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family. T. Nelson, 1864.
Charles, Elizabeth. Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family. T. Nelson, 1895.
Charles, Elizabeth, and Basil Champneys. Comfort and Counsel for Every Day from the Writings of Elisabeth Rundle Charles. Hodder and Stoughton, 1898.
Charles, Elizabeth. Diary of Mrs. Kitty Trevylyan. T. Nelson; Lipincott, 1866.
Charles, Elizabeth. Joan the Maid. T. Nelson, 1879.
Charles, Elizabeth. Lapsed, But Not Lost. 1877.
Charles, Elizabeth. Our Seven Homes. Editor Davidson, Mary, John Murray, 1896.
Charles, Elizabeth. Rest in Christ. J. J. Guillaume, 1848.
Charles, Elizabeth. Songs Old and New. T. Nelson, 1887.
Charles, Elizabeth. Tales and Sketches of Christian Life, in Different Lands and Ages. J. Nisbet, 1850.
Charles, Elizabeth. The Bertram Family. Daldy, Isbister, 1876.
Charles, Elizabeth. The Bertram Family. Garland, 1975.
Charles, Elizabeth. The Draytons and the Davenants. T. Nelson, 1867.
Charles, Elizabeth. The Martyrs of Spain, and the Liberators of Holland. J. Nisbet, 1862.
Charles, Elizabeth. Wanderings over Bible Lands and Seas. T. Nelson, 1862.
Charles, Elizabeth. Winifred Bertram, and the World She Lived In. T. Nelson, 1866.