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Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
John Evelyn ranks with his friend Samuel Pepys as one of the best loved of English diarists. This is an absorbing new study of the most controversial episode of his life: his passionate "seraphic" friendship with Margaret Godolphin, a maid of honor at the Restoration court of Charles II. Set against the vivid background of the court and the great gardens of the time, Trans ...more
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Published March 13th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Suzannah
Dec 17, 2015 Suzannah rated it really liked it
Well, that escalated quickly...

I didn't start out intending to read a scholarly 300-page triple biography of a maid of honour, a prominent diarist, and a rising politician in the Restoration court. My original ambition was quite a bit humbler. A friend had given me a very enthusiastic recommendation of the classic seventeenth century hagiography The Life of Mrs Godolphin : "Forget about Frances Stewart, this is the story of a maid of honour at Charles II's court who not only resisted the lax mo
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Christina Baehr
Sep 23, 2014 Christina Baehr rated it it was amazing
Frances Harris has written the definitive work on the friendship between John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin. No doubt many relationships such as these existed, but Evelyn's prominence as a Restoration diarist and general Renaissance-man and the surprising survival of his private hagiography of Margaret provides us with a window into a world of relationships almost utterly unlike our own. It's a view that is both poignant and frustrating.

Harris is intelligent, humane, and elegant in her treatmen
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LaDawn
Oct 11, 2015 LaDawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So dense as to render itself completely inaccessible or readable for mere mortals as myself. So dry it worked quite often to help me escape my insomnia.
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