Chapter

Introduction

Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen

in The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923706 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220621.003.0001
Introduction

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This section discusses the coverage of the book which attempts to provide an explanation to the fascination that the affair of Mrs. Rudd and the Perreaus exerted over England. It offers a glimpse into neglected corners and hidden relationships within that society. It notes that the decade of the 1770s has most frequently been studied in relation to imperial concerns and their impact upon political institutions of the day. It intends to draw a different portrait of the period, making the cause célèbre the point of entry. The era is peopled by familiar figures such as John Wilkes and George III, Lord Mansfield and Sir John Fielding, and also those less well known: speculators and courtesans as well as judges and politicians.

Keywords: Mrs. Rudd; Perreaus; England; John Wilkes; George III; Lord Mansfield; Sir John Fielding

Chapter.  1918 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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