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By Lynn McDonald

Florence Nightingale is likely one of the most renowned figures in glossy heritage. but a lot of what we all know of her emanates from unreliable second-hand bills, and from a misreading of the first sources.

Florence Nightingale at the beginning Hand by means of Lynn McDonald, editor of Nightingale's Collected Works, and the world's optimal Nightingale authority, goals to place this correct. it is a ebook which reviews what Florence Nightingale acknowledged and did, in accordance with her writing, of which an incredible quantity survives, scattered in over 2 hundred data through the international.

Published to commemorate the centenary of Nightingale's dying, McDonald's examine provides a Florence Nightingale for the twenty-first century, as an writer of significant sort and wit, a structures philosopher and pioneering public wellbeing and fitness reformer - the heroine and nurse have been purely the start.

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25 Nightingale was in Paris in 1853 at the time of the spectacular wedding of Napoleon III with the woman who became the Empress Eugénie. The wedding launched the fashion of extravagant wedding dresses (previously brides were content with a fine, but more ordinary dress). 26 Nightingale did not join the throngs who went to watch the wedding procession to Notre Dame Cathedral. ITALIAN POLITICS AND THE POPE It is well to bear Nightingale’s Italian connections in mind, as well as the French, when trying to make sense of her politics.

THE MAKING OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE 11 her, but this is doubted by Jowett’s biographer. 5 There Sorabji relates his confiding this to her late in life. At age 30 Nightingale recorded the recognition that all her suitors had married (although it seems two or more later turned up). With the benefit of hindsight she later said that not marrying was one decision she never regretted. She described the problem of marriage as the narrowness of family life, explaining that a woman, even more than a man, must remain single if she has ‘a work of God to do in the world’.

A long-term lease her father arranged in 1866 permitted her to settle down in one place. Yet she, like Jesus, never owned any property and always lived, after she left home, in rented, borrowed or leased accommodation. Unlike Jesus, she inherited money and invested it, so that she left £36,000 in her will. 8 By sticking her head out the window she could see a slice of Hyde Park (and observe political demonstrations and processions). Nightingale’s landlord was the immensely wealthy Duke of Westminster, later a member of the Nightingale Trust and supporter of nursing reform.

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