‘Is good to come of it?’: Britannia, the Clergywoman, and Liberty

Emma Major

in Madam Britannia

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199699377
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738029 | DOI:
‘Is good to come of it?’: Britannia, the Clergywoman, and Liberty

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The conclusion discusses the shift in depictions of Britannia in graphic art and monuments towards a pacific, mourning figure. It looks at ways in which Britannia is represented as mourning Nelson and her role in the memorialising of this national hero. It then discusses the legacy that the eighteenth-century Britannia and the writers studied in this book might have for their nineteenth-century successors. A key shared concern is the question ‘Is good to come of it?’ The emergence of the clergywoman over the nineteenth century provides a link between writers like Hannah More, H. M. Bowdler, and A. L. Barbauld, and Charlotte Yonge and Margaret Oliphant, and female clergy in the Church of England today. The book concludes with a brief discussion of Britannia’s more radical daughters.

Keywords: Britannia; liberty; Nelson; clergywoman; women priests; Church of England; Anna Laetitia Barbauld; Margaret Oliphant; Charlotte Yonge

Chapter.  6033 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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