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Nellie Dowell used to be a fit manufacturing unit lady in Victorian London who spent her early years consigned to orphanages and hospitals. Muriel Lester, the daughter of a filthy rich shipbuilder, longed to be freed from the weight of cash and possessions. jointly, those not likely soulmates sought to remake the realm in keeping with their very own utopian imaginative and prescient of Christ's teachings. The fit lady and the Heiress paints an unforgettable portrait in their late-nineteenth-century girlhoods of wealth and wish, and their bold twentieth-century experiments in moral residing in a global torn aside by means of battle, imperialism, and commercial capitalism.

In this eye-catching publication, Seth Koven chronicles how each one traveled the globe--Nellie as a spinster proletarian laborer, Muriel as a well-heeled vacationer and respected Christian peacemaker, anticolonial activist, and humanitarian. Koven vividly describes how their lives crossed within the slums of East London, the place they inaugurated a grassroots revolution that took the Sermon at the Mount as a consultant to attaining financial and social justice for the dispossessed. Koven indicates how they dedicated themselves to Kingsley Hall--Gandhi's London domestic in 1931 and Britain's first "people's residence" based at the Christian rules of social sharing, pacifism, and reconciliation--and sheds gentle at the intimacies and inequalities in their loving but advanced relationship.

The fit woman and the Heiress probes the internal lives of those notable ladies opposed to the panoramic backdrop of shop-floor exertions politics, international capitalism, counterculture spirituality, and pacifist feminism to show the injuries of poverty and overlook that Christian love might by no means heal.

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