Betsy The Dramatic Biography of Prison Reformer Elizabeth

Betsy The Dramatic Biography of Prison Reformer Elizabeth


5 thoughts on “Betsy The Dramatic Biography of Prison Reformer Elizabeth Fry

  1. Jobiska (Cindy) Jobiska (Cindy) says:

    Wow I finally slogged through it This work about the uaker prison reformer Elizabeth Gurney Fry was painstakingly thoroughly researched and it shows in the richness of detail in every chapter Although the details might be thought repetitive I didn't mind because I felt it showed the struggles and concerns Betsy held throughout her life I certainly had a lot of my preconceived notions about Betsy dashed I knew of her work in prison reform and I knew the Gurneys were known as Gay uakers meaning they did not wear plain dress participated in music etc etc Well that was her family background but Betsy eventually turned away from that toward a plain way of living I also did not know that she struggled in childhood and probably throughout adulthood with what was probably some form of mood disorder such as major depressions the author even briefly speculates about what might have been the course of treatment for Betsy in later years probably now an SSRI Betsy did self medicate with alcohol and this brought up a lot of self doubt for her She often tore pages out of her journals where she wallowed in her deepest depression or worried about her use of alcohol etc Her husband's and therefore her family's money troubles also occasioned much pain in her life and much self censoring Also of great interest to me was the fact that her kids were pretty unruly and other uakers especially her relatives despaired of them and of Betsy's lax parenting This caused her great pain as well Further she spent a huge amount of time nursing the ill among her extended family With all these obstacles in her path the fact that she was able to effect the reforms that she did and move so many people with what was apparently a very charismatic in a deep and calm way speaking style was even amazing In addition to reform IN the prisons she also helped isolated coast guard families and made changes in the situations of female convicts set to be deported to AustraliaKnowing the flaws of her life again painstakingly detailed by Hatton actually made her life and work inspiring to me because I struggle and doubt myself and feel very flawed and often feel I can't make a difference So I am glad Hatton included this personal background in her workI also found it interesting to read a biography of a well known uaker by someone whom I am guessing was not a uaker


  2. Rachel Knowles Rachel Knowles says:

    This is a comprehensive biography of the renowned prison reformer Elizabeth Fry From a childhood beset with fears to years of prison visiting and working as a minister of the Society of Friends this book reveals that Elizabeth Fry's life did not always run smoothly Although constantly battling with depression and financial crises Elizabeth Fry was instrumental in the reform of the British prison system particularly in relation to female offenders The number of family members referred to in the book was a bit overwhelming at times It was hard to remember their relationship to Elizabeth without constantly referring to the family trees I also lost track of the places she lived in and visited at times and would have liked to have been reminded where a house was when it was mentioned rather than just the name of the house A timeline of Elizabeth's life might have been helpful too


  3. Donna Donna says:

    This biography of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry was an eye opening account of a woman far ahead of her time I can’t imagine what it was like for her in the early 19th century to descend into “the hell” of Newgate Gaol specifically for the purpose of understanding and sympathizing with the female prisoners held there under horrendously awful conditions – but Hatton’s dramatic descriptions helped to bring it all to life Betsy began a one woman campaign to convince the judicial system that a humane approach was not only valid but entirely necessary Fighting against her own personal physical illnesses the disdain of those who refused to see things her way the difficulties of long distance travel and the closed minded attitudes of her day she continued on with determination and fortitude and a firm belief in the importance of her task A fascinating journey a well written story and an enjoyable read


  4. Anna Townsend Anna Townsend says:

    I came to deeply admire Elizabeth Fry through this book she is inspiring


  5. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    What a fascinating woman Just goes to show that even so called saints had incredible struggles with doubt temptation depression and selfishness


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Betsy The Dramatic Biography of Prison Reformer Elizabeth Fry [Reading] ➾ Betsy The Dramatic Biography of Prison Reformer Elizabeth Fry By Jean Hatton – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In 1816 36 year old Elizabeth Betsy Fry walked alone into the horrific Newgate Gaol jail as a minister of the Society of Friends uakers The transformation she brought to the female inmates there prope In year old Elizabeth Dramatic Biography ePUB ☆ Betsy Fry walked alone into the horrific Newgate Gaol jail as a minister of the Society of Friends uakers The transformation she brought to the female inmates there propelled her onto the stage of world history This is Betsy's story a woman whose life and commitment still inspires Christians to stand up for their beliefs and the rights and respect due to even the poorest and most neglected of God's children.

  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Betsy The Dramatic Biography of Prison Reformer Elizabeth Fry
  • Jean Hatton
  • English
  • 04 March 2014
  • 9780825460920