Maude Royden

Standard Name: Royden, Maude
Birth Name: Agnes Maude Royden
Indexed Name: A. Maude Royden
Married Name: Agnes Maude Shaw
Married Name: Agnes Maude Royden Shaw
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 .
Black and white, head-and-shoulders photograph of Maude Royden by Ellliott and Fry. She sits with her body in profile but her face turned towards the camera, with chin lifted. She has dark hair with a short fringe, and she wears a light top with flowing collar. Her name is printed below the photo.
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Intertextuality and Influence Monica Furlong
It is the exercise of power which Murdoch calls a dangerous delight. Furlong quotes this passage as epigraph along with a remark by Daphne Hampson : that religion is the most potent ideology the world...
Literary responses Dora Marsden
The close friendship of these two was near its end. Letters on The Freewoman from Mary Augusta (Mrs Humphry) Ward and Agnes Maude Royden , a prominent member of the NUWSS , were printed in...
Literary responses Mary Gawthorpe
The paper was highly controversial from its inception. Not only anti-suffragists and anti-feminists, but also sexual conservatives like Maude Royden and Millicent Garrett Fawcett disliked it. But a suffragist wrote to MG from the USA...
Occupation Eleanor Rathbone
ER took on this new visitor role at a time when she had been Parliamentary Secretary of the LiverpoolWomen's Suffrage Society for five years. Settlements were a way for young people of education to...
Occupation Kathleen E. Innes
Among those drafted to form the Mandate's Honorary Council in Britain were prominent politicians, clergy, feminists, and writers such as Margaret Ashton , Margaret Bondfield , Vera Brittain , Arthur Henderson , Laurence Housman ,...
politics Susan Miles
Here Ursula Roberts took up suffragette activism. She sold the pamphlet Votes for Women in the streets of Rugby; her husband wrote letters to newspapers denouncing force-feeding of suffragists in prison, and spoke at...
politics George Egerton
GE never identified herself with a single political group or party, but her second husband 's conservative politics influenced her to some degree. Terence de Vere White , who edited her letters, describes her as...
politics Isabella Ormston Ford
Several members of the Women's International League were committed suffragists, including Helena Swanwick , Maude Royden , Margaret Ashton , Kate Courtney , and Charlotte Despard . Others were IOF 's old friends from the...
politics Dorothy Wellesley
Her fellow signatories included Violet Bonham Carter , Stafford Cripps , archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans , historian H. A. L. Fisher , scientist-philosopher Julian Huxley , sculptor Laura Knight , writers Edith Lyttelton and J. B. Priestley
politics Virginia Woolf
With the declaration of war, however, on 4 August, 1914, VW 's politics and those of the NUWSS parted company. The NUWSS supported the government, and on August the sixth resolved to suspend political activity...
politics Pamela Hansford Johnson
During the 1970s PHJ declared herself in sympathy with many of the aims of the Women's Liberation Movement. Equal pay for equal work, equality of opportunity, in so far as it is possible.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Important to Me. Macmillan; Scribner, 1974.
politics Edith Lyttelton
A letter in the Times signed by EL , Margaret Bondfield , and Maude Royden drew attention to half a million unemployed women workers, many of whom faced starvation or were compelled to accept derisory...
Textual Features Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
She opens her discussion here with a question: What does the Woman's Movement mean and what is its significance in our modern life?
Pethick-Lawrence, Emmeline. The Meaning of the Woman’s Movement. Woman’s Press.
First of all, she answers, the movement signifies the awakening of...
Textual Features Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
Extending Mill 's idea that the unemancipated woman was a danger to the community,
Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda,. Leisured Women. Hogarth Press, 1928.
MHVR argues that the pseudo-equality
Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda,. Leisured Women. Hogarth Press, 1928.
of limited enfranchisement is more dangerous than absolute oppression, and that the half-way house...
Textual Production Susan Miles
The Bodleian Library holds SM 's wartime journal and an unpublished memoir; the Women's Library holds other papers (including correspondence with Maude Royden ).
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.


15 April 1909
The Common Cause, the official organ of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies , began weekly publication in Manchester.
January 1912
The Church League for Women's Suffrage began monthly publication in London.
Early August 1914
In response to the support for Britain's war effort pledged by Millicent Garrett Fawcett and other National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies Executive Committee members, several leading members of the Union resigned to form the...
December 1914
A group of Christian pacifists including, among others, George Lansbury , Maude Royden , William Temple , Dr Henry Hodgkin , and Leyton Richards , held a meeting at Cambridge to found the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR ), an international organisation.
January 1916
The Coming Day, a suffragette periodical from the Free Church League for Women's Suffrage, began monthly publication in London.
The National Council for Adult Suffrage was founded. Its early joint secretaries were Maude Royden and James Middleton .
29 March 1917
The Life and Liberty Movement , founded and led by William Temple , met for the first time at St Martin's Vicarage in London.
December 1917
The Church League for Women's Suffrage ended monthly publication in London.
January 1918
The Church Militant, an Anglican feminist monthly campaigning for the ordination of women, began.
30 January 1920
The Common Cause, the official organ of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies , ended publication in London under this name, even as subtitle. The next number appeared as The Woman's Leader.
14 May 1920
Time and Tide began publication, offering a feminist approach to literature, politics, and the arts: Naomi Mitchison called it the first avowedly feminist literary journal with any class, in some ways ahead of its time.
Mitchison, Naomi. You May Well Ask: A Memoir 1920-1940. Gollancz, 1979.
June 1920
The Coming Day, from the Free Church League for Women's Suffrage , ended its monthly publication in London.
October 1928
The Church Militant, a feminist Anglican monthly, ended publication in London.
November 1935
Boriswood Limited was in court again (having only a year earlier been fined for publication of Boy), this time for publication of a scientific and philosophical study, The Sexual Impulse by Edward Charles .
October 1955
The Guildhouse Fellowship ended publication in London.