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A Library of Tales – Vol 1

Lady Herbert of Lea


These short and sharply-observed stories illustrate familiar problems of the Catholic moral life set in a late Victorian context.

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Lady Herbert’s Wayside Tales are in the classic vein of “improving literature”. CTS published thirty volumes of them in 1899; some were still in print two decades later.

The Two Sisters is a case-study in the perils Victorian life afforded to penniless women orphans: drink, and concubinage. The Story of a Conversion encourages servants not to let fear of losing their position prevent them from becoming Catholic; whilst Can Both Churches Be True? is a sort of Socratic dialogue about the problems of the Anglo-Catholic “branch theory” (whereby the Church of England is that part of the Church Catholic in England). It contains some good hits (“It’s making the truth just a matter of geography!”) but is hardly fiction in any strong sense.

The other three stories are concerned with deathbed or near-deathbed conversions.

It is easy to suppose all these stories were drawn from life, even the Italian local colour (Lady Herbert became Catholic whilst living in Palermo).

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Weight 0.050 kg
Dimensions 110 × 160 mm

Product Format Paperback
Pages 64
Publication Date 2017-10-17