Category Archives: A Talent for Humanity

Scandal Salvation & Suffrage – the Amazing Women of the Temperance Movement

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Lady Henry Somerset-inspired short historical romance in My Weekly magazine

Researching and writing the amazing life and work of Lady Henry Somerset has inspired me to do many things – not least of which was writing a short story entitled “Love Amongst the Lavender”, which has been published this week … Continue reading

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Talent4humanity becomes rosblackcreative

Please don’t rush away if you typed in http://www.talent4humanity.com and this site came up. It is one and the same but I have retitled my blog to avoid confusion with another website. All the Lady Henry Somerset and Duxhurst village … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day – I’d nominate Lady Henry Somerset as a forgotten heroine of social reform

As we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, on International Women’s Day, we should not forget the pioneers of women’s rights in Victorian times. We all remember the suffragettes but there were thousands more women who actively campaigned … Continue reading

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How the British Women’s Temperance Association was founded – encouraged by a visiting American, Eliza Stewart

Eliza Stewart, or “Mother Stewart” as she liked to be known, was another lady with a talent for humanity. She had worked tirelessly during the American Civil War as a nurse, setting up hospitals and ensuring adequate supplies of food, … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset and Frances Willard and their relief work during the Armenian crisis of the 1890s

Lady Henry Somerset (standing) and Frances Willard Lady Henry Somerset and Frances Willard, the American temperance leader, had much in common – including a poor taste in hats, it would seem from this old photograph. The 2 women did not … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset portraits by George Frederick Watts

George Frederick Watts was a critically acclaimed Victorian painter who was extremely well connected. His portrait of Lady Henry Somerset which appears on the cover of my biography hangs at Eastnor Castle. There you will also find other family portraits … Continue reading

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