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Record 12623

Reading Experience:

'Rain again and rain forever. I read a great deal of Robertson's "History of Scotland". I cannot forgive Elizabeth's behaviour and though Mary's is very shameful yet I cannot help feeling a sort of partiality for her, a partiality which is a tribute that I pay to her endless misfortunes and which prompts me to think that if Elizabeth had sought protection in Mary's arms she would have found a sure azylum and a hasty succour there. Robertson in giving Mary's character, perfectly expressed what you must feel in reading her history. "You throw a veil over her frailties and faults, and approve of your tears as if they were shed for an object who drew much nearer to protection".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 25 Nov 1796
Country: Italy
Time: daytime
Place: city: Porto Ferrajo
county: Elba
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Eugenia Wynne
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1780
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Catholic
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Italy
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Robertson
Title: The History of Scotland during the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI till his Accession to the Crown of England
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12623  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Anne Fremantle
  Title: The Wynne Diaries
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1937
  Vol: II
  Page: 135
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Anne Fremantle (ed.), The Wynne Diaries (London, 1937), II, p. 135,, accessed: 31 May 2023

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