The Story of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1912)
Illustrated by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale
To the left, we show the Title Page of the 1st Edition of
The Story of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. That Edition was
co-published by Herbert and Daniel (London) and
Dana Estes & Company (Boston) in 1912.
The Story of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1912) is a version of the medieval Saint's history. In her short life, Saint Elizabeth
held a central role in strengthening alliances between the ruling families of Hungary and Thuringia (a state in Central
Germany). At the age of just four, Elizabeth was taken to the Thuringian Court and held as a future bride to Ludwig IV of
Thuringia. The couple were married whilst Elizabeth was 14 and prior to Ludwig's death 7 years later, they had three
children. Following the death of her husband in 1227, Elizabeth was harshly treated by her confessor, Konrad von Marburg. When free to pursue her own interests, Elizabeth continued the work she had undertaken prior to her husband's death
in serving God through caring for the poor. She died at the age of 24 in 1231.
The illustrations prepared by Fortescue-Brickdale to accompany this story are among her earliest published colour
commissions. Seminal moments in the Saint's life are depicted by Fortescue-Brickdale in an inspirational manner.
Our Greeting Cards
For connoisseurs of the art of Eleanor Forescue-Brickdale, we have prepared sets of
8 Greeting Cards displaying each of her full colour images for The Story of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1912) and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.
Code: EFB SSEH CS(8)
When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is
hand-finished and the images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each
card carries information about Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have
left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.
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The colour illustrations
The Divine Playmate
Elizabeth went on her
Mission of Pity
A Shower of red and white Roses
was scattered over the Ground
They beheld the Form of
Jesus of Nazareth
Elizabeth ... prayed to God
to clothe her
Elizabeth would steal out ... and
lay the Child upon the Altar ...
Some little Bird sang to
me most blithely