Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings, #1) by Lynn AustinThough born the second son of King Ahaz, Hezekiah is not protected from his fathers perverted attempts to gain the favor of the idol Molech. Terrified and powerless at the foot of Molechs altar, Hezekiah encounters for the first time the one true God of his royal ancestry, Yahweh.
But his journey to the Holy One is riddled by influence from an assortment of men: Zechariah, a grandfather of noble standing who has fallen into drunkenness; Uriah, the High Priest whose lust for power forces him to gamble the faith he proclaims; and Shebna, the Egyptian intellectual who guides Hezekiahs instruction.
For the two women who love Hezekiah, the meaning of love--and its sacrificial essence--will direct the course of their lives and help shape the young princes future.
Elizabeth Fry: Saint of prison reform
She has often been referred to as the "angel of prisons". Fry was a major driving force behind new legislation to make the treatment of prisoners more humane, and she was supported in her efforts by Queen Victoria. Fry kept extensive and revealing diaries. Her mother, Catherine, was a member of the Barclay family who were among the founders of Barclays Bank. Her mother died when Elizabeth was twelve years old.
In Elizabeth Gurney was born in Norwich into a rich Quaker family. Her husband and father were both bankers as well. Elizabeth had 11 children, but her daughter Betsy died at the age of five. As one of the oldest girls in the family, Elizabeth cared for the younger children, including her brother Joseph. At 18 years old, the young Elizabeth was deeply moved by the preaching of William Savery, an American Quaker. She collected old clothes for the poor, visited those who were sick in her neighbourhood, and started a Sunday school in the summer house to teach children to read. Motivated by the words of William Savery she took an interest in the poor, the sick, and the prisoners.
Her mother died when Elizabeth was young. The family practiced "relaxed" Quaker customs, but Elizabeth Fry began to practice a stricter Quakerism. At 17, inspired by the Quaker William Saveny, she put her religious faith into action by teaching poor children and visiting the sick among poor families. She practiced more plain dress, pain speech, and plain living. In , Elizabeth Gurney married Joseph Fry, who was also a Quaker and, like her father, a banker and merchant. They had eight children between and
In she married Joseph Fry who was also a Quaker. In Elizabeth Fry made her first visit to Newgate prison where she observed women and children in terrible conditions. Elizabeth began working for the reform, campaigning for segregation of the sexes, female matrons for female prisoners, education and employment often knitting and sewing and religious instruction. In Elizabeth Fry created the Association for the Improvement of Female Prisoners and along with a group of 12 other women lobbied authorities including Parliament. In the s she inspected prison conditions, advocated reform and established more groups to campaign for reform. In prison reform legislation was finally introduced in Parliament.