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Prologue: <i>The Brooding Knight</i>

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0001
Prologue: The Brooding Knight

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This chapter introduces the complexity of the noble House of Percy. The knight statue marking the grave of Senator LeRoy Percy, 1861–1929, was meant to convey the distinguished character of the Percys' past. It was also meant to embody Will Percy's conception of his forebears and his wish that they all—not the senator alone—should be known. In their active pursuits, the Percy men usually kept up with the times in which they lived. Their occupations as planters, lawyers, physicians, militia officers, corporation lawyers, and bank directors complemented their energetic civic work—from establishing the first public library in Huntsville, Alabama, to leadership of relief work in the Mississippi Flood of 1927. No less important was their contribution to Southern letters in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the latter period, the Percys with lively ambitions were the women, who had extraordinary literary careers.

Keywords: Will Percy; Senator Percy; Percy men; Lanterns; Malavian Hoffman

Chapter.  9317 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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