Daughters of Britannia: The Lives & Times of Diplomatic Wives by Katie Hickman

July 31, 2009

Daughters of Britannia: The Lives & Times of Diplomatic Wives by Katie Hickman

Author Katie Hickman, born into diplomacy with her family in 1960, has remarakably uncovered and released a masterpiece within diplomatic history. The written work going in depth about the ups and downs the wives played in the diplomatic era of the mid 17th century was amazing to hear and read about.

Some of the most prominent, yet silenced women of our time have influenced socialism, nursing, cooking, politics, gardening, and even motherhood. This audiobook is one of the best, it depicts truth and honesty in such a way that the human mind and soul is compelled to smile and cry in one summary of understanding. Wives during this diplomatic era, and even in modern, endure many obstacles from wanting to be more liberal in speech, to having an abundant impact on the role they should play within the family.

Responsibilities streaming from wives that married British foreign service officers brought to the table their laboring skills and was looked upon as the helpers or nurses of the family, some even gave themselves titles such as, “society hostesses”, because of the authority and obligative notions given unto the husbands and culture. These women were often very lonely and very unhappy, most of them started keeping journals or diaries of written thoughts and feelings that taunted their hearts, author Katie Hickman researched memoirs, diaries, and letters from women like Lady Mary Worthley Montagu and Vita Sackville-West, who spoke of both the negative and positive sides to being a diplomatic wife in their time. They shared how it was hard to take care of your family on a small low household budget, how there would be random kidnappings, and how many went through tropical epidemics with health issues.

This audiobook, Daughter of Britannia, is one that I recommend for all readers and all lovers of literature, it’s artistically woven to capture the mind and heart in knowing new missing pieces to life’s history.

Another author that correlates simplicity in this way is author Amanda Foreman, her book – “Georgiana: Dutchess of devonshire”, speaks of Lady Georgiana Spencer, a dutchess of Wales that married the duke of Devonshire in 1774 and was hated and loved at the same time for her honor and courageous stance as a woman of power.

She used her role as the dutchess to open up vast doors of opportunity for herself, like politics. She loved politics and loved to socially exploit her opinions amongst others around her. She received an abundance of support from her good friend, Marie-Antoinette, who is familiar to us in history and in literature as well. Author Amanda Foreman, brought exquisite views in her writing skills and excitement when telling the beautiful story of dutchess Georgiana Spencer, please read and listen to these great stories today, I guarantee you will have a refreshed sense on what you thought you knew about history and the people in it. Remember to read with understanding and listen with a keen ear for surprises on missing pieces to history!

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