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Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain

K. D. Reynolds


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 h ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. D. Reynolds, author