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Madam Britannia: Women, Church, and Nation 1712-1812

Emma Major


Madam Britannia: Women, Church, and Nation, 1712–1812 explores the complex and fascinating relationship between women, Protestantism, and nationhood. Opening with a history of Britannia, this book argues that Britannia becomes increasingly popular as a national emblem from 1688 onwards. Over the eighteenth century, depictions of Britannia become exemplary as well as emblematic, her behaviour to be imitated as well as admired. Britannia takes life during the eighteenth century, stepping out of iconic representation on coins, out of the pages of James Thomson’s poetry, down from the ... More

Keywords: women, religion, nation, Church, Britannia, enlightenment, Montagu, Barbauld, More, public, private

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199699377
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Major, author
Lecturer, Department of English and Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York