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  • The Belles of Williamsburg
  • Mary Maillard
  • English
  • 17 March 2017

11 thoughts on “The Belles of Williamsburg

  1. says:

    ARC for review Perhaps a three star rating is not really fair for this book, in that I m probably not the target reader I went to William and Mary so I was interested in the story because, a set in Williamsburg and in and around the College, and, b I love me a good set of letters and a romance no less However, these are actual letters and not an epistolary novel, so it s not as if these letters were being written for my eventual entertainment in 2015 and don t you think that Eliza and Trim would die of embarrassment if they knew If they weren t already dead And maybe not Eliza, because she often seemed a bit full of herself Anyway, it was good that Maillard included a foreward which offered a bit of context Eliza and Trim met when Eliza was 11 and Trim in his twenties, perhaps and going to WM He boarded with Eliza s guardians her aunt and uncle, apparently it was quite common for a big family to send one or of their children off to be raised by someone else in the family So, as far as I can tell Trim set his cap isn t that a lovely description I think I got it from the Little House series which makes it semi correct in time, too Yes, I realized that I m actually on the internet right this second and could look these things up, but I prefer to guesstimate and go blithely on my way..poor Ms Maillard, researcher extraordinaire having the likes of me review her book for Eliza AT THAT TIME, which is a little creepy, but my great grandmother married at thirteen, so who am I to judge This is where their correspondence begins and most of the early letters are a recitation of who visited whom, who married whom, who went where and so on Again, very interesting if you are into learning about the customs of the period though I will warn the non academic reader that the emphasis on the belles in the title is a bit misleading I was hoping for information on what it meant to be a belle during that period the formal process of coming out and such, but these letters don t focus much on that.it just appears that there was a fairly popular poem from the time referring to the Belles.Trim is clearly much older than Eliza, but she holds her own and actually seems to care far less for him, both at the beginning and throughout than he does her This makes sense when she s eleven, but she turned down his eventual proposal at least once and Tristrim often lamented that he wrote multiples letters for each one she sent a terrific breach of etiquette and while he goes on about his love for her she seems much interested in keeping the whole thing secret than the upcoming marriage itself Poor Tristrim and view spoiler he really remains sad throughout as we learn in the afterward hide spoiler


  2. says:

    NOTE Received as an ARC from Netgalley I love reading other people s letters it s like literary eavesdropping Although I thought there would be a bit about all the belles of Williamsburg the title is actually taken from a poem , the correspondence between Eliza and Tristrim was interesting, enlightened immensely by the author s background material and the illustrations.


  3. says:

    A candid glimpse into the Antebellum SouthThe Belles of Williamsburg The Courtship Correspondence of Eliza Fisk Harwood and Tristim Lowther Skinner 1839 1849 provides a fascinating peek into life shortly before the Civil War Eliza, of Williamsburg, Virgina, and Tristrim, of Edenton, North Carolina, meet when Tristrim is enters William and Mary College and boards with Eliza s family Eliza is only twelve at the time Eliza s aunt had no children, and her parents had eleven, so Eliza went to live with her childless aunt to be raised by them a practice not uncommon for the time The early correspondence between Tristrim and Eliza is that of friends, though there are clearly undertones of encouragement from Eliza s Godma This early correspondence is easy and familiar As Eliza enters society, the tones of the letters become formal, largely adhering to the social customs of the day.While there are a lot of please write often and I m sorry I didn t write sooner because of X in this compilation, everyday happenings are also chronicled Eliza s family takes boarders, one of those that is mentioned several times is John Tyler, both before, during, and after his presidency In one letter, Tristrim goes on several sentences about farming woes, and then apologies for boring Eliza she responds by showing that she actually knows a bit about farming than she supposes the average woman knows Tristrim refers to his work in the North Carolina House of Commons and laments tactics of the Locos a fraction of the Democratic party that delays session ending since the Whig majority is slim Some things haven t changed in over one hundred years including sessions running long and tiresome, and way past when everyone wants to go home Society events are also chronicled, who is getting married, the success of the ball, the longing for music, the poetry parodied by students after drinking whiskey punch Postscripts from Godma and Cousin Dick Eliza s uncle by marriage are frequent in earlier letters, giving yet another perspective on society at the time What probably amuses me the most about these letters is that Tristrim obviously meant for them to be private between him and Eliza, mentioning that fact than once and offering to return her letters if she felt better about that I wonder how they would feel to know those letters had been so cared for that they are now available for the perusal of thousands of eager eyes The layout by editor Mary Maillard is very helpful At the beginning of the compilation, she provides a brief sketch outlining the correspondence and highlighting the keynotes This provides a framework for readers to allow the letters to fill in Reading these letters was an easy task The thing that surprised me the most was that this book of actual correspondence validated authors like Jane Austen for me whom I already loved dearly This correspondence takes place after Austen s death and in America, not England, but the similarities are astounding In fact, Eliza even notes a British novel that she feels greatly explains her and Tristrim s relationship, Grantley Manor by Lady Fullerton The couple identifies so strongly with these characters they sometimes refer to each other by the character s names For those interested Grantley Manor is in the public domain, and available for download Maillard does include some photocopies of key passages from the novel to help explain Tristrim and Eliza s relationship, but these photocopies are impossible to read on the Kindle, as are the family trees she provides at the start of the compilation Unfortunately, this book is only available in Kindle form and the price is a little steep for that, in my opinion, but would be reasonable to slightly high for a nice bound copy Half of the book and I m not exaggerating is footnotes, primary sources, secondary sources, listing of family by names, listing the letter s chronology, etc, in short a haven for digging further into the time and life covered by these letters It also means the reading material is significantly less than the little bar under the Kindle book indicates.Anyone interested in the antebellum South would do themselves a favor to read this compilation Anyone who loves authors like Austen would enjoy these real life letters Like I said, the price tag is steep, but suggest the book to your library if you don t want to cough up the money and borrow it from them then even people can have access to this historically significant collection.5 starsI received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


  4. says:

    The Belles of Williamsburg is a collection of courtship letters between Eliza Fisk Harwood and Tristrim Lowther Skinner dating from 1839 1849 An introduction gives the reader an overall idea of what is going on during the correspondence and an epilogue gives an overview their lives after they were married The initial letters were mainly about what college students are boarding at the Williamsburg house, who is marrying, and who is dying As Eliza gets older and especially as the courtship becomes serious, the letters talk about Eliza s and Tristrim s own lives.I appreciate that the editor included excerpts from the novel that Eliza thought mimicked her own courtship Having these excerpts helped me to better understand what Eliza and Tristrim were referring to and going through in their own courtship There were also about 100 pages of end notes and such to give further information about the people and events mentioned in the letters The editor s notes certainly help to tie the story together.I think these letters will be of most interest to people who are interested in courtship letters of the time, those interested in Williamsburg at this time period, or those who are somehow related to these families If you re interested in a sense of what everyday life was like, it s there but generally only in passing They were catching up on family news or asking please write frequently, not usually describing what they did that day Overall, I d recommend this book, but I suspect it s going to be of high interest to only a limited audience.I received this ebook as a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.


  5. says:

    A charming and evocative portrait of Williamsburg, Virginia in the 1840s told through the letters of local belle Eliza Fisk Harwood and her friend, later sweetheart and then husband, Trim Skinner from North Carolina The letters are a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the social history of the era, detailed as they are and full of fascinating glimpses into the daily lives and thoughts of the writers and their circle.


  6. says:

    ARC NetgalleyA fascinating glimpse into the real life of a young woman in the decades leading up to the Civil War This book is made up of the actual correspondence between Eliza Fisk Harwood and Trim Skinner A true life glimpse into the life of an antebellum belle.


  7. says:

    I ll come back to this one when my reading experience hasn t been soured by a certain stalkerish Goodreads member


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