Godly mothers

November 2015

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When we were on holiday in the Lake District we visited the home of John Ruskin (1819 –1900) on the shore of Coniston. Someone who I didn`t know much about except what I`d read. ‘John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist.’ He wrote various books but I was interested to read this quote by him, “Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart.” I know he met with people like Darwin round his table to discuss various theories. We came away with the impression that we may have misjudged him. Read the rest of this entry »