Mariamne

Mariamne Penetrating the secrets concealed behind the decorous facade of Victorian society MARIAMNE probes into the lives and manners of that elegant era to reveal a world where propriety often yielded to pas

  • Title: Mariamne
  • Author: Glen Petrie
  • ISBN: 9780698107694
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Penetrating the secrets concealed behind the decorous facade of Victorian society, MARIAMNE probes into the lives and manners of that elegant era to reveal a world where propriety often yielded to passion and men s baser instincts governed their habits Drawing part of his inspiration from the celebrated Madeleine Smith trial that shocked the prim Glasgow society of the 18Penetrating the secrets concealed behind the decorous facade of Victorian society, MARIAMNE probes into the lives and manners of that elegant era to reveal a world where propriety often yielded to passion and men s baser instincts governed their habits Drawing part of his inspiration from the celebrated Madeleine Smith trial that shocked the prim Glasgow society of the 1850s, Glen Petrie has created in MARIAMNE a novel that richly evokes the flavor of the period while it explores in fascinating detail the complex psychological motivations of its characters.The daughter of a well to do English family, much loved and delicately nurtured, a promising student at an exclusive ladies finishing school, Mariamne Jenkins seems secure in a comfortable future When her father abruptly summons her home to Cumbria to assume responsibility for the household, in vew of her mother s protracted illness, she looks forward to presiding at the dinner table and keeping her dear Papa company during the long and lonely evening hours The delights of domesticity soon begin to wane, however, and Mariamne becomes embroiled in a deeply sensual relationship with the handsome and alluring Simon Tufnell, a clerk clearly beneath her social station of whose low birth her family would not approve.But even as Mariamne pursues her secret lover, she encourages the honorable intentions of William Rowlands, a childhood friend and neighbor While Mariamne keeps Simon permanently in her thrall through her passionate, sensuous letters, she at the same time lures the very proper Mr Rowlands into asking for her hand Deftly she courts alternately her lover and her fiance until, with Simon threatening blackmail and a suitable marriage hanging in the balance, Mariamne is forced to perform one last desperate act from which she will never be fully absolved.With tremendous insight and skill, Glen Petrie weaves the story of Mariamne s downfall against the background of Victorian rigidity and repression, brilliantly evoking an era s standards, its etiquette, and above all its attitude toward women, drawing upon his knowledge of its darker side to explore the ways in which the powers of evil can possess the soul Alive with the spirit of a bold and ruthless woman, MARIAMNE is a powerful novel and a stunning portrait of an intriguing society and of a woman who dared defy it.

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    1. Ah, the secret perversions & sexual hypocrisy of the Victorian era. :) This particular novel is based on the criminal antics of one Madeleine Smith. While the author's preface states that Mariamne Jenkins isn't intended to be a portrait of Madeleine herself, the plot closely follows Madeleine's case. Spoilers.Mariamne has been raised as a prim & proper young lady, but something in her rebels at coddling. She's called home from boarding school to run the household in place of her ailing m [...]

    2. I choose this book because of my interest in the Victorian Era. In this it does not disappoint, delving in to class stucture, etiquette, etc. Also good character development with a few spicy sex scenes. I would give the first two thirds a rating of a weak 3 stars, just trotting along, you don't walk away from it but neither do you loose any sleep. However, the last 3rd it started running, then it ends up sprinting. The last chapters of the book it jumps a fence. Worth the read.

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