Maud Barfield (née Douie)
Maud was a musician, as well as a theatre and dance choreographer.
During World War One, Maud had been the most senior female officer in the Armed Forces of the British Empire, Commander in the Royal Navy (the highest rank permitted by her gender and social class).
Maud was the instigator of ‘The Roseland Concert Party’ which contributed to the revival of West Country folk music, and it was during this period she met Owen.
Maud and Owen married on 11th April 1923 in St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate, London; and honeymooned in Chartres. As Maud was independently wealthy she was able to provide for Owen – giving him the means to think and write – until the Great Depression of 1929, thereafter Owen took up the practice of law.
Maud was also friend and mentor to C.S. Lewis who attended church with her during 1923, at St. Mary-the-Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. The church that Lucy was later baptised in with Lewis as her Godfather.
Maud lived from 1885 to 1980. She had a timeless quality.
Maud’s response to World War One was ‘The Roseland Concert Party’ performed in 1920 & 1921 with Owen Barfield and the Radford Sisters.
1920 – Cornwall
1921 – Cornwall
1921 – Oxford
Some Early Inkling Books
C.S. Lewis gave the book to J.R.R. Tolkien who read it to his children.
Tolkien reported that the book “scored a direct hit” with them.
In 1928 Tolkien read Poetic Diction which he stated “modified his whole outlook.”
written for and dedicated to Lucy Barfield.
dedicated to Jeffrey Barfield (born Geoffrey Corbett).
dedicated to his fellow Inklings and all admirers of Bilbo.
dedicated to brother Harry with C.S. Lewis et al. in acknowledgements.