Posts Tagged ‘governess’

The Therapist


It had been Lady Morton who had first mentioned him. “Did wonders for my melancholy,” she said in that off-hand way of hers. I had been completely shocked at first. After all it was such a scandalous idea. I don’t think Lady Morton would ever have made such a disclosure had her maid not directed […]

Things could be difficult when four women had to share a house. And it was all the more difficult then when it was Aunt Jane’s house and she got to make all the rules. Like so many women of her generation, Jane had never married. Amy sometimes conjured up a long lost love for her. […]

Three sisters


If it had been a fairytale, it would have begun, once upon a time at the dawn of the 20th century there were three sisters, Galen reflected. Only this was not a fairytale, far from it. He had three daughters and each had been sent to try his patience. Today it was his youngest, who […]

This blog concerns itself solely with the correction of grown-up young women but from time to time snippets cross the editors path that warrant a small glance. Here a few random words, all on a theme. To a UK woman’s magazine: “I was told off when I was 15 for being late to class. I […]

“Lucy I’m bored.” Amelia pouted. “I know it’s raining and we couldn’t go for our evening walk but being sent to bed so early is too much.” “Heavens yes, at 17 we are almost old enough to come out, it is too tiresome to be sent to bed when its barely eight o’clock.” Lucy agreed. […]

A Voice has received a few emails lately asking about spanking incidents in years gone by. Although very flattered to be thought the fount of such wisdom, such enquiries may better be directed to Chross. However, one enquiry was about something that was on TV in the late 1980s and it rang a bell. The […]

In the dark days of the Hapsburg Empire the Austrian nobility valued strict discipline for its sons and daughters. The sons were taken care of in military academies but during the 18th century there were few if any formal schools for young women. Some young women were sent off to Prussia where they went to […]

Strictly speaking, nothing new on the Markham project but here is more information from the same era, some of it has been provided by David Roman. Along side corporal punishment, there were additional techniques employed by governesses and disciplinarians to augment the correction of young women during the late 19th and early 20th century. Here […]

David Roman is trying to find out about the Markham Project. The Markham Project was apparently instigated by a professional governess and educationalist, Miss Elisabeth Markham between the 1880s and the early part of the 20th century. Her aims were to encourage best practice in the training of governesses and the education of young women. […]