Nancy Mitford once observed that some of the most bitter personal
clashes of all time have been 'between the Manor and the Vicarage'. Owen
Chadwick's Victorian Miniature paints a detailed cameo of
nineteenth-century English rural life, in the extraordinary battle of
wills between squire and parson in a Norfolk village. Both the
evangelical clergyman and the squire, proudly conscious of his Huguenot
ancestry, were passionate diarists, and their two journals open up a
fascinating double perspective on the events which exposed their clash
of personalities. The result is a narrative that is at once deeply
informative about Victorian class distinctions, rural customs and
festivities, and richly entertaining in a manner worthy of Trollope.
Excellent review for the Catholic Review of Books!
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