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What is Dorothy Osborn famous for? About advantage of writing of letters of

I Will send to a drolechka the letter, and we will begin everything once again . (Yuli Kim)

Dorothy Osborn became well-known not only the fact that refused to obey to will of a family and to marry the imposed groom, and, not somebody, and the son Oliver Cromwell.

In the 17th century of the Englishwoman were already quite resolute and capricious that it was represented to them by personal happiness (to marry in marriage for love and to own choice they, of course, could not yet, and here tried to reject the offered grooms already). The epistolary novel Dorothy Osborn also became history of literature.

Dorothy Osborn (1627 - 1695) was the most younger daughter of the governor of the island of Guernsey. She met the beloved when she was 19 years old. Her elect, William Templ, however, has more and more. Parents on both sides were categorically against, marriage - business serious, very important business. Something economic interests of noble family Osbornov did not coincide with economic interests of noble family Templov. The ban was categorical.

Young people entered into a correspondence, letters, as well as it is necessary, were secretly carried by servants. All these years they had absolutely rare opportunity to see each other, and letters remained their only binding thread. In them surprising devotion and huge strength of mind is covered: understanding that letters can get lost or not reach, they swore, as in this case not a shadow of doubt should not sadden their feeling.

But not only the subject of own love story sounded in these letters. It is a lot of in them and reasonings on life, society, the accompanying difficult historical events. They wrote each other, for each other, and at all not their correspondence remained in centuries. Nevertheless, William Templ carefully kept all this epistolary heritage.

Feelings and will were put on trial not only by obstacles in the form of parental disapproval. When already, apparently, the consent to marriage could be received, Dorothy caught smallpox, hardly survived, and, of course, kept a print of the endured dreadful disease on a face.

Nevertheless, in 1654 she at last marries the one whom she chose itself and waited: former close king sir William Templ. For the first decade of family life of the spouse as though tried to fill the taken-away years - Dorothy gave birth to nine children. What, certainly, proves that the passion did not die away over the years and marriage was happy.

About same all contemporaries speak. Except execution of sacred maternal duties, Dorothy Osborn could become also the good assistant to the husband in his diplomatic career. They say that the king of England Charles II even used Dorothy to provoke next English - the Dutch war (having allowed it to pass on the royal yacht through enemy fleet and having ordered to salute after).

And you will not call a lung time in which spouses happened to live already Templ. It happened to worry them already together and plague epidemic in London which killed 70000 of 90000 inhabitants, and the Great London fire in which 70000 of 80000 houses were destroyed. And also infinite wars and very intense internal political life in the country. And own grief: it is impossible to forget about very high child mortality at that time....

Spouses Templ too together, in Vestmintersky abbey are buried.

Dorothy Osborn was not necessary all life to love in letters as many other, the destiny was more favorable: she married that person whom she chose and lived with him quite happy life. Still a question, what is easier: to love at distance or to create a family.

This history with the happy end. And letters remained, were constantly republished. They were re-read by the writer Virginia Woolf, the famous English historian Thomas Macaulay highly appreciated. Their original is in the British library.

And last time they were republished in the 21st century, a few years ago. Here and there live these letters four centuries already soon, lead own life...

Interestingly and whether today`s correspondence will be able to remain on some e-mail server. Not about global questions of life, just about feelings. And whether it will be interesting to somebody years through four hundred? Also you that your personal correspondence was read in many centuries would like moreover would sort at literature lessons?