In Search of Mary Seacole

In Search of Mary Seacole

Author: Helen Rappaport

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781398504448

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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In Search of Mary Seacole is a superb and revealing biography that explores her remarkable achievements and unique status as an icon of the 19th century, but also corrects some of the myths that have grown around her life and career. Having been raised in Jamaica and worked in Panama, Mary Seacole came to England in the 1850s and volunteered to help out during the Crimean War. When her services were turned down, she financed her own expedition to Balaclava, where she earned her reputation as a nurse and for her compassion. Popularly known as ‘Mother Seacole’, she was the most famous Black celebrity of her generation – an extraordinary achievement in Victorian Britain. She regularly mixed with illustrious royal and military patrons and they, along with grateful war veterans, helped her recover financially when she faced bankruptcy. However, after her death in 1881, she was largely forgotten for many years. More recently, her profile has been revived and her reputation lionised, with a statue of her standing outside St Thomas's Hospital in London and her portrait - rediscovered by the author - is now on display in the National Portrait Gallery. In Search of Mary Seacole is the fruit of almost twenty years of research by Helen Rappaport into her story. The book reveals the truth about Seacole's personal life and her 'rivalry' with Florence Nightingale, along with much more besides. Often the reality proves to be even more remarkable and dramatic than the legend.

In Search of Mary Seacole
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Helen Rappaport
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-02-17 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

In Search of Mary Seacole is a superb and revealing biography that explores her remarkable achievements and unique status as an icon of the 19th century, but also corrects some of the myths that have grown around her life and career. Having been raised in Jamaica and worked in Panama,
Mary Seacole
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: Ron Ramdin
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-05-07 - Publisher: HopeRoad

This account contains important lessons for those of us who care, and demonstrates why she was voted the greatest black Briton in 2004.' Sarah Mullaly, Church Times Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica in 1805. She came to England in the hope of serving as a nurse in the Crimean
Mary Seacole
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Jane Robinson
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-22 - Publisher: Hachette UK

The 'Greatest Black Briton in History' triumphed over the Crimea and Victorian England. "The Times" called her a heroine, Florence Nightingale called her a brothel-keeping quack, and Queen Victoria's nephew called her, simply, 'Mammy' - Mary Seacole was one of the most eccentric and charismatic women of her era. Born
The Extraordinary Life of Mary Seacole
Language: en
Pages: 128
Authors: Naida Redgrave
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-09-05 - Publisher: Penguin UK

Mary Seacole is now known for her medical work in the Crimean war, and as a brilliant woman who combated the racial prejudice she experienced in her lifetime. But for a long time her story was lost. From growing up in Kingston, Jamaica as the daughter of a doctress to
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: Mary Seacole
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-05-15 - Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

Famed for her work among the sick and wounded of the Crimean War, Mary Seacole possessed a unique perspective: that of a Victorian-era black woman at a battlefield's front line. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1805, she began her career as a healer by helping her mother nurse British officers