A Description of Millennium Hall and the Country Adjacent, Together With the Characters of the Inhabitants and Such Historical Anecdotes and Reflectio

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It was written by Sarah Scott and describes a female run and populated community run on what might be described as utopian lines. Sarah Scott was married in 1751. This was short-lived and her family removed her from the marital home in 1752. She then lived with Lady Barbara Montagu where they pooled their resources and became active in helping the poor. The novel revolves around a community of women who hold their goods and income in common and whose primary pastime is education. Two gentlemen are touring the area (in East Anglia) and as one is distantly related to one of the women, they visit. They are given various guided tours and hear the histories of several of the women who reside there and how they came to move to the community. There are educational pastimes, music, education for local children, work for those with disabilities, local industrial enterprises, charities and much more. There is no challenge to society's structures. There is help and work for the poor and underprivileged, but according to their station. There is education for all children, but the lower orders are directed to appropriate manual work. However there is an interesting approach to disability. Those who are disabled are educated and there is a rehabilitative element to the approach and it is emphasized that they should be treated with respect and care and if they are they will contribute to society. It is also remarkable in that it welcomes older age and deformity in women as positives and bringing benefits. Running through the novel is an element of divine providence/retribution which is active in favour of the women in the history. This novel has been rediscovered in this century, but is still little known and read. It is striking and quite revolutionary.

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