Monday, October 28, 2002

Elizabeth Countess of Longford

Also found among the obituaries today is Elizabeth Longford's. As a young woman she was fiercely radical; latterly, she became a reverent chronicler of the House of Windsor. In religion, she was born a Baptist and converted to Roman Catholicism. Both changes were reflected in her marriage. Under her influence Frank Pakenham shrugged off Conservatism and became a Labour Cabinet minister. Under his influence she overcame her horror of Rome. Indeed, she and her husband became quite prominent figures in 20th century English Catholicism. Her obituary can be found here.