By Antony Lentin
Within the early summer season of 1914 Sir Edgar Speyer and his spouse Leonora stood on the centre of London society, an period made well-known via the tv sequence Downton Abbey. He used to be the "King of the Underground" and consumer of the humanities, she a recognized violinist and poetess. but inside weeks of the outbreak of warfare, they turned pariahs, gadgets of suspicion and aversion. The "anti-alien" crusade resulting the sinking of the Lusitania pressured the Speyers into exile within the usa. He used to be stripped of his club of the Privy Council, yet she went directly to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
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Seizures, sleeping spells, and visions followed by episodes of tremendous anxiety and crippling fatigue are typical of TLE. 35 Other historians believe that the injury triggered the onset of psychic abilities that allowed Minty to experience out-of-body travel, psychic visions and clairvoyance, and clairaudience, through which she heard the voice of God. She claimed that God “spoke directly to my soul” during these trance-like states, and guided her through all of her dangerous journeys. 36 Whatever the reason, Minty’s head injury occurred at a point in her life when she was becoming deeply religious.
In most cases, the destination was Philadelphia, where a sizeable free black population offered camouflage for runaways. 31 But, in 1849, she experienced the overwhelming joy of her own liberation after crossing over the Mason-Dixon line. “When I found I had crossed that magic line separating the land of bondage from the land of freedom,” Harriet recalled, “I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything. ”32 Harriet’s elation was short-lived, though.
Banker, Traitor, Scapegoat, Spy?: The Troublesome Case of Sir Edgar Speyer by Antony Lentin