Love in the pandemic, December 1891

Francis J.H. Jenkinson by John Singer Sargent (1915), Cambridge University Library

I have just reposted last year’s pandemic-inspired blogpost (see below). It’s about how, in December 1891, Prince Albert Victor and Princess Mary of Teck announced their engagement, as a third outbreak of the so-called ‘Russian flu’ struck Britain. It coincided with a personal crisis in the life of Francis Jenkinson, Cambridge University Librarian, and the fears and uncertainty of the time may have persuaded him to risk everything for the sake of the woman he loved.

Francis Jenkinson and the quiet storm

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