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The Mother of the Brontës:When Maria Met Patrick - A Talk by Sharon Wright

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Presented by The Friends of Southwark Cathedral

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At long last, the untold story of the mysterious Mrs Brontë.

They were from different lands, different classes, different worlds almost. The chances of Cornish gentlewoman Maria Branwell even meeting the poor Irish curate Patrick Brontë in Regency England, let alone falling passionately in love, were remote.

Yet Maria and Patrick did meet, making a life together as devoted lovers and doting parents in the heartland of the industrial revolution. An unlikely romance and novel wedding were soon followed by the birth of six children. They included Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, the most gifted literary siblings the world has ever known.

Her children inherited her intelligence and wit and wrote masterpieces such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Yet Maria has remained an enigma while the fame of her family spread across the world. It is time to bring her out of the shadows, along with her overlooked contribution to the Brontë genius. Untimely death stalked Maria as it was to stalk all her children.

But first there was her fascinating life story, told here for the first time by Sharon Wright.

This lecture begins at 2.30pm after which tea and cake will be served.

Sharon Wright is an author, journalist and playwright. She was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and lives in London with her family. She has worked as
 a writer, editor and columnist for leading national magazines, newspapers and websites including The Guardian, Daily Express, BBC, Disney, Glamour, Red and Take a Break. She is also the author of critically acclaimed plays performed in Yorkshire and London.

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