Elizabeth Rundle Charles

CHARLES, Elizabeth Rundle (née Rundle). b. Tavistock, Devon, 2 January 1828; d. Hampstead, London, 28 March 1896. She was the daughter of a Member of Parliament; she married Andrew Paton Charles in 1851 (he died in 1868). She was a well-known writer on religious topics, becoming famous for The Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family (1862), which is a fictional account of the life of Martin Luther*, seen through the eyes of the family who were his friends, particularly the two narrators, Friedrich (Fritz) and Else. The account of the Reformation was based on learned German and French sources, and was both attractive and authentic. Within the narrative Elizabeth Charles included Latin...

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