Marie Corelli’s Mild Eccentricities

Prior to the first world war, Marie Corelli loved boating on the River Avon close to her home in Stratford-upon-Avon. She owned an Italian gondola bought following the conclusion of the Italian Exhibition at Earl’s Court in London in 1904. She took trips on the river with her lifelong companion Bertha Vyver, and with visiting friends.

Bertha was a keen photographer who took both the images shown below:

marie corelli gondola river avon

Marie Corelli and Bertha were often seen enjoying a ride throught the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon in their carriage led by two shetland ponies.

marie corelli shetland ponies

Marie Corelli Quote About Women

marie corelli quote ardathMarie Corelli quote.

Writing about women and Christianity in her novel ‘Ardath’:

“Good, God-loving women, -women who pray, -women who hope, women who inspire men to do the best that is in them, -these are the safety and glory of nations!”

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Find “Ardath” and other books by and about Marie Corelli below:
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