Darwin and Lady Hope: The Untold Story

Darwin and Lady Hope: The Untold Story
Todd Wood
01 January, 2013 2 min read

L.R. Croft

Elmwood Books

153 pages, £12.99

Rumors of Charles Darwin’s deathbed conversion to Christianity and repudiation of evolution date back to 1882, the year he died. None are more detailed than the account published in 1915 by Elizabeth Cotton, Lady Hope, wherein she described a visit to Down House where she found Darwin reading the Bible and extolling Christ Jesus ‘and his salvation.’ Lady Hope’s story was denied at the time by Darwin’s children and more recently by historian James Moore in his book The Darwin Legend.

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