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The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright

The Mother of the Brontës

When Maria Met Patrick

Sharon Wright

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Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publication date: 9 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781526738486

This is the first biography of Maria Branwell, which reveals a remarkable woman who has spent 200 years in the shadow of her extraordinary children, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bront .

4 stars out of 5
2 Sep 2019

"This biography, impressively researched, crisply written... gives Maria her rightful place in the Brontë story"

Wright dispels a few other Brontë myths. Haworth was not the back end of beyond; locals called it “the city on the hill”. Patrick did not burn Maria’s new dress in a rage. And Maria was not “delicate”; she walked miles daily, and had six healthy pregnancies. It was a shock when she found she had cancer – unlike previous Brontë biographers, Wright avoids sentimentality about Maria’s painful death. This biography, impressively researched, crisply written, even down to the witty chapter titles (yes, including “Mothering Heights”), gives Maria her rightful place in the Brontë story.