Charlotte Yonge: Why her novels are so readable today

Chair: Michael Wheeler


The Victorian novelist Charlotte Yonge was a bestselling author in her day. A devout Anglican and a close friend of Keble, her lively novels helped popularise High Church views. She lived all her life just a few miles from Winchester in the village of Otterbourne.


Dr Clemence Schultze, co-editor of a volume of essays published to mark the bicentenary of Yonge’s birth, shares the story of this remarkable writer and explores how her work still speaks to readers today.


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1.30pm Saturday 25 February 2023


Clemence Schultze

Dr Clemence Schultze lectured on Roman history, historiography and classical reception at Queen’s University Belfast and Durham University, and has been Chair of both the Barbara Pym Society and the Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship.

She is the co-editor, with Clare Walker Gore and Julia Courtney, of Charlotte Mary Yonge: Writing the Victorian Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), a collection of essays about Yonge’s novels, life-writing and journalism and the context of social, cultural and religious upheaval in the nineteenth century.


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