THE AUTHOR OF THE SPANISH BROTHERS

(DEBORAH ALCOCK)

HER LIFE AND WORKS

by

ELISABETH BOYD BAYLY

Author of ‘Jonathan Merle,’ ‘Alfreda Holme,’ ‘Under the She-oaks,’ etc.

 

Hear ye not the voices ringing down the ages —

Echoing still the message, though their task be done —

Voices, born of heroes, monarchs, poets, sages,

Yearning still to share the wisdom they had won!

* * * * * *

Yet the Cloud of Witness solemnly advances,

Widening as each clarion-voice is hushed in death below.

[originally published in 1914 by Marshall Brothers, Ltd, London, Edinburgh, New York]

 

 

PREFACE

The practised writer is always conscious of his audience, as well as of his subject. The present writer has been far too long out of practice — fast bound by dearer tasks — to have power to realize any audience, save those for whom this book was written. Those who knew and loved Miss Alcock herself.

The world-wide circle of those who know and love her through her books.

Her comrades in the Enchanted Land of Dreams, who know, as she did, the bliss, the pangs and the temptations of the Life of the Imagination.

And those who, like her, have often to say to the Master, "Deep-wounded souls to Thee repair" — wounded in the desperate fight for faith, and yet victorious.

Or if they are not victorious, yet long to be — may they here find a touch of sympathy in one who never shirked a hard question — always looked it in the face. Outwardly, hers was only a woman’s quiet life of love: inwardly, she had to "climb the mountains, plunge the deep"; and the message she brought back was that "Nor height nor depth is able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

June 12, 1914.

CONTENTS

 

I. HER FATHER

II. CHILDHOOD AT FRANKFIELD

III. THE BEGINNING OF SEVENTY YEARS OF THOUGHT

IV. IRISH LIFE — THE FAMINE

V. THE STEPMOTHER

VI. EARLY YEARS IN DUBLIN

VII. GROWTH, AND RENUNCIATION

VIII. "ACCA NADA" — NOTHING THERE

IX. THE DESIRE ACCOMPLISHED

X. THE TEACHER

XI. THE WRITER AND HER BOOKS

XII. A STRENUOUS LIFE

XIII. THE LONG SHADOW OF DEATH

XIV. THE SHADOW AND THE EVENING STAR

XV. ALONE

XVI. BOHEMIA

XVII. A STEP INTO LIVING HISTORY

XVIII. LIFE AT BOURNEMOUTH

XIX. ANOTHER FRANKFIELD

XX. SAYINGS AND LETTERS

XXI. THE LAND OF BEULAH AND THE RIVER’S BRINK

XXII. AFTERWARDS

 

 

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Crushed Yet Conquering

by Deborah Alcock

A gripping story filled with accurate historical facts about John Huss and the Hussite wars. Hardly any historical novel can be more captivating and edifying than this book. Even if Deborah Alcock was not the greatest of nineteenth century authors, certainly she is our most favourite.

— Roelof & Theresa Janssen

Time: 1414-1436 Age: 11-99

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Hubert Ellerdale by W. Oak Rhind

A Tale of the Days of Wycliffe

Christine Farenhorst in Christian Renewal: Christians often tend to look on the Reformation as the pivotal turning point in history during which the Protestants took off the chains of Rome. This small work of fiction draws back the curtains of history a bit further than Luther's theses. Wycliffe was the morning star of the Reformation and his band of Lollards a band of faithful men who were persecuted because they spoke out against salvation by works. Hubert Ellerdale was such a man and his life (youth, marriage, and death), albeit fiction, is set parallel to Wycliffe's and Purvey's.

Rhind writes with pathos and the reader can readily identify with his lead characters. This novel deserves a well-dusted place in a home, school, or church library.

Time: 1380-1420 Age: 13-99

ISBN 0-921100-09-4 $12.95

The Romance of Protestantism by Deborah Alcock

A wonderfully warm and loving book about the beauty of Protestantism. This topic, too often neglected and forgotten, has been revived by the author in a delightful way. Glimpses of our Protestant history are strewn in our path like jewels, whetting our appetite to read on and discover the depth of our history. Too often our role models tend to be found outside of our Christian heritage "to the neglect of the great cloud of witnesses, the magnificent roll of saints, heroes, and martyrs that belong to us as Protestants." This book is not only for adults. Young people and even older children will find riches in its depth which will encourage and build up to carry on the work of God in our own day and age.

— Theresa E. Janssen, home educating mother

Time: 1300-1700 Age: 12-99

ISBN 0-921100-88-4 $11.95

Under Calvin's Spell by Deborah Alcock

A Tale of theHeroic Times in Old Geneva

They had now reached the Forte Neuve, by which they entered the town, with many others who were returning from the Plain-palais. As they walked along the Corratorie they met Berthelier and Gabrielle, taking the air, as the afternoon was very fine for the season of the year. Both the lads saluted; De Marsac with a flush and a beaming smile.

"I did not know you knew them," said Norbert.

"Oh yes; did I not tell you I was going to see them? Master Berthelier's sister, Damoiselle Claudine, and I are fast friends. Some years ago when I came here first, a mere child, I was one day in the market, looking about me and buying cherries or the like, when I saw this poor damoiselle being frightened half out of her senses by a group of angry, scolding fish-women. That was before such good order was put in the market, and in all the town, thanks to Master Calvin. She had told them, quite truly, that they were trying to cheat her. I fought her battle with all my might, which in truth was not great, and at last brought her home in triumph. She was much more grateful than the occasion required, and has been my very good friend ever since. I — they — they are all good to me, though lately, being much occupied with my studies, I have seen them but seldom."

"Do you not think the young damoiselle very pretty?" asked Norbert. "I do."

"She is beautiful," Louis answered quietly; and the subject dropped.

Time: 1542-1564 Age:14-99

ISBN 1-894666-04-6 $14.95

The Spanish Brothers by Deborah Alcock

A Tale of the Sixteenth Century

"He could not die thus for his faith. On the contrary, it cost him but little to conceal it. What, then, had they which he had not? Something that enabled even poor, wild, passionate Gonsalvo to forgive and pray for the murderers of the woman he loved. What was it?"

Time: 1550-1565 Age: 14-99

ISBN 1-894666-02-x $14.95

Doctor Adrian by Deborah Alcock

A Story of Old Holland

Doctor Adrian was a scholar living in quiet seclusion in Antwerp, the Netherlands, until a fugitive Protestant preacher and his daughter Rose sought sanctuary in his rooms. Before he knew it, he became involved with the Protestant cause, and eventually embraced it in theory. When the persecution of the Reformed was stepped up, Doctor Adrian made the dangerous journey to Leyden with his family. They survived the siege of Leyden, along with Adrian's sister Marie. When the siege was lifted by the fleets of William of Orange, they moved to Utrecht. Doctor Adrian's faith in the Reformed religion died when he experienced the loss of some of his loved ones, but a new faith in the Author of that religion took its place.

This is a tale of a doctor and his contact with William, Prince of Orange, and of his spiritual journey.

Time: 1560-1584 Age: 12-99

ISBN 1-894666-05-4 $15.95

The King’s Service by Deborah Alcock

A Story of the Thirty Years’ War

Once again Deborah Alcock has delicately woven together an accurate historical novel. This book gives wonderful insights into some of the events surrounding the thirty-years-war in which Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden gives his life for the Protestant cause. But even amidst the ravages of war life continues to weave its story of intrigue, romance, loyalty, and treason.

Two motherless children, Jeanie and Hugh, have been in the care of their Uncle Charlie ever since their father left about eight years earlier to fight for the Protestant cause. Uncle Charlie, a restless bachelor, subsequently leaves the bulk of Jeanie and Hugh’s upbringing to the Presbyterian minister. He faithfully teaches these orphaned children the beautiful tenets of the Reformed faith. But when Uncle Charlie decides to leave his beloved Scotland to join the army of Gustavus Adolphus in Germany, Hugh wants to go along. Jeanie will go along as companion to Captain Stuart’s wife and meets Fraulein Gertrud von Savelburg in Germany. Sifting through the reports and rumours of the times she comes to some disturbing and perplexing conclusions. What has made Uncle Charlie so sad, and why does a Roman Catholic priest regularly visit Hugh? And then there is Jonker August von Lübeling, a page of Gustavus Adolphus, who alone knows the true reports of the King’s last hours. He promises Jeanie a Nuremberg egg, but not understanding German ways she misconstrues the meaning of this promise. Will she accept his precious gift?

Time: 1630-1632 Age: 12-99

ISBN 978-1-894666-06-0 $11.95

By Far Euphrates by Deborah Alcock

A Tale on Armenia in the 19th century

Alcock has provided sufficient graphics describing the atrocities committed against the Armenian Christians to make the reader emotionally moved by the intense suffering these Christians endured at the hands of Muslim Turks and Kurds. At the same time, the author herself has confessed to not wanting to provide full detail, which would take away from the focus on how those facing death did so with peace, being confident they would go to see their LORD, and so enjoy eternal peace. As such it is not only an enjoyable novel, but also encouraging reading. These Christians were determined to remain faithful to their God, regardless of the consequences.

Time: 1887-1895 Age: 11-99

ISBN 1-894666-00-3 $14.95

 

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