Shirley was Charlotte Bronte’s second novel. It deals with class conflict, the role of the churches and the position of women in a period when society was changing fast.
Industrialisation and... More > the age of machines had arrived in the sleepy valleys of West Yorkshire, undermining cottage industry, employment prospects and living standards. The optimism and high hopes of a few contrasted sharply with the desperation and anger of the many. Desperate workers resorted to machine-breaking. King Ludd and his “demonic” troops stalked the land.
A thoroughly good read from start to finish.
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