The origins of the Brontë juvenilia are now legendary. Patrick Brontë's gift of 12 toy soldiers to his son, Branwell, in June 1826 was the catalyst for the creation of the Brontë siblings' paracosmic world of Glass Town. Each of the surviving Brontë siblings (Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne) chose a soldier of their own,… Continue reading Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part One: The Twelve Adventurers
As regular readers of Brontë Babe Blog will know, I am obsessed with all things Brontë. Unfortunately, due to certain events that have taken place in my life recently, I haven't really had the heart to get stuck into much reading, and not a lot of motivation to blog. I'm doing rather a lot of… Continue reading Brizecombe Hall: A Short and Sweet Jane Eyre Inspired Read
Two hundred years ago in 1819, Patrick Brontë (1777-1861) was offered the perpetual curacy of St Michael and All Angels' Church in the village of Haworth, West Yorkshire. Patrick took up the position in April 1820 when he moved his young family to Haworth from nearby Thornton. However, by September 1821, his wife Maria was dead, and… Continue reading Bob the Bichon and Patrick Brontë: In Sickness and In Health
Sunday 17th March 2019 is St. Patrick's Day, Ireland's national day, and traditionally a celebration of the life of St. Patrick himself, a 5th century Christian missionary from Roman Britain (some sources say Scotland, some Cumbria which is just south of the border between England and Scotland). There are various different sources and accounts of… Continue reading A Hidden Hero of English Literature: Remembering Patrick Brontë on St. Patrick’s Day
Even 200 years after their births (and longer in Patrick and Maria's case), the Brontë family continue to inspire, entertain, and educate us. Through a perusal of their work and correspondence I've become acquainted with what I call the Brontë philosophy. This isn't a set of hard and fast rules regarding how to live your… Continue reading What the Brontës Taught Me in 2018
The Brontë Parsonage Museum was originally known as Glebe House when it was built in 1778-9. It's very first occupant was the Reverend John Richardson who died in 1791. Following Richardson's death, James Charnock officially occupied the Parsonage until his own death in 1819, but it remains unclear just how much time he actually spent… Continue reading The Brontë Parsonage
To celebrate my 30 years on this planet this week, I've been compiling a few blogs featuring 30 things for my readers to think about and have fun with. I had a lot of fun putting this list of 30 Brontë facts together. Reader, whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever level of Brontë… Continue reading 30 Years, 30 Brontë Facts
Love the Brontës? You could do worse than invest in one or two of the titles featured in my list of 30 of the best books about the Brontës. This post is a list of 30 books about the Brontës which have been particularly useful or enlightening during my research on the family over the years.