"is not only scholarly and accurate, but has excellent visuals and is wonderfully readable. The authors use the 'home' theme to present material from the Crimean War and press coverage of it, her faith and the pioneering research she did from her own home post-Crimea."- Lynn McDonald, Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph, Canada, and Director of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale.
This book explores Florence Nightingale's life and work using the concept of home. As well as considering the material realities of Nightingale's home life, it examines her relationship to nineteenth-century ideologies of home more generally. The book establishes the importance and complexity of Victorian notions of home, comfort, and domesticity, and charts how these relate to Nightingale's lived experience as an upper-class woman and her contributions to the development of professional nursing and public health. It examines Nightingale's childhood homes, her efforts to leave her family home, the role of the home for sanitary health, the creation of surrogate homes in institutions such the Nightingale School, discourses of home during the Crimean War, her achievements working from home while disabled with illness, and, finally, her conception of the home as a 'household of faith.'
About the Author
Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities in the Faculty of Medicine and HealthSciences at the University of Nottingham, UK.Anna Greenwood is Associate Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts at the Universityof Nottingham, UK.Richard Bates is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University ofNottingham, UK.Jonathan Memel is Lecturer in English Literature in the School of Humanities at Bishop Grosseteste University, UK.