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Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

K. D. Reynolds

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780198207276
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191677601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207276.001.0001

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

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This is a study of gender and power in Victorian Britain. It examines the contribution made by women to the public culture of the British aristocracy in the 19th century. It challenges the view that power and authority were predominantly masculine attributes and shows that a partnership of authority between men and women was integral to aristocratic life. The book is thus an important addition to the debate on ‘separate spheres’. The book explores the roles of aristocratic women in estate management, patronage of churches and schools, and in caring for the poor and other dependants. It shows how women were at the heart of the local communities and institutions on which aristocratic power was based. The book goes on to discuss the realm of national politics, analysing women's participation in the electoral process, in Westminster-based political life, and at Queen Victoria's court.

Keywords: gender; Victorian Britain; women; public culture; authority; aristocratic life; separate spheres; estate management; patronage; national politics

Book.  272 pages. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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Political Society: Gender and Power in Victorian Britain in Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

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‘The Lady at their Head’: Women and the Landed Estates in Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

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‘The Business and Charities of the Parish’: Churches, Schools, and Local Authority in Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

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‘Many to Take Care of’: Charity, Philanthropy, and Paternalism in Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

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‘Aristocratical and Female Influence’: Elections and Electioneering in Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

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‘Party’ Politics: Metropolitan Political Society in Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

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