The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain's upper classes, and taught a nation how to read.
The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th Century British society through her keen intellect, literary achievements, collaborative spirit, strong Christian principles, and colorful personality. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a best-selling author and acclaimed playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. Yet she was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain's slave trade.
Fierce Convictions weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield's Great Awakening, the rise and influence of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it.
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By S on 07-02-16
Maybe of interest to students studying social history, but could not be described as entertaining by any stretch of the imagination.
A biography perhaps, but even many of these are not quite so dry!
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By Jordyne on 27-09-15
If Only We All Were So Fiercely Convicted
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narrator frequently mispronounced words, especially proper names, such as William Cowper and Magdalen College. These pronunciations cannot be credited to simply a difference between American and British English. She also had a way of pausing in the middle of a sentence that was sometimes confusing. But other than that, her narration was a great match for the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. It was very good, but I found that I needed breaks from it occasionally.
Any additional comments?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I knew nothing of Hannah More before I read this book. Her life is inspiring and provides fresh perspective on the world and culture. You can't help but hear her story as a call to action against the injustices of our day. This book also made me reflect on the way I live out my own faith.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Mama C on 09-01-16
Hannah More is one of those people you should have heard of, but haven't. What a remarkable person of her time!
The book started slowly, almost assuming the reader understood her importance. Once the immensity of her influence was made clear, the book became much more interesting.
The narrator made the listening difficult. She paused at the wrong times, and it could be hard to follow the thoughts as a result.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful