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Maxwells of Montreal V2, The

Maxwells of Montreal V2, The

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The Middle Years 1923-1937 and Later Years 1937-1952 (Hard Cover)

by Violette Nakhjavani

Completing the story of the Maxwells, including the pilgrimages of May and Mary Maxwell in the early years of the Guardian's ministry; their contributions to the advancement of the Bahá'í Faith in Canada, the United States, France and Germany; the marriage of Mary Maxwell to Shoghi Effendi; and Sutherland Maxwell's crowning achievement as architect of the Shrine of the Báb.

Volume II (Middle and Late Years) covers the years 1923–1952. Beginning with the early ministry of the Guardian and the pilgrimage of May and her daughter in 1923/4, it describes Mary’s education as a young Bahá’í, her pilgrimage during her adolescence and the growth of the youth movement in Montreal, as well as the family’s services to the Bahá’í Faith in Canada and the United States during the 1920s and 30s. It then moves to Europe, where May in France and Mary in Germany contributed to the advancement of these Bahá’í communities between 1935 and 1937. But in 1937 Mary’s marriage to Shoghi Effendi changed the lives of the family for ever. As Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum she would be called to extraordinary heights of service and sacrifice. The final part of the book (Late Years) gives an account of May’s heroic services before her passing in Argentina in 1940, and describes Sutherland’s remarkable architectural achievement as architect of the Shrine of the Báb during his final years in the Holy Land.

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