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Mary, Countess of Derby, and the Politics of Victorian Britain

Jennifer Davey


Lady Mary Derby (1824–1900) occupied a pivotal position in Victorian politics, yet her activities have largely been overlooked or ignored. A Female Politician places Mary back into the political position she occupied and offers the first dedicated account of her career. Based on extensive archival research, including hitherto neglected or lost sources, this study reconstructs the political worlds Mary inhabited. Her political landscape was dominated by the machinations and intrigues of high politics and diplomacy. As this book uncovers, her political skill and acumen were highly valued by lead ... More

Keywords: Victorian politics, political culture, aristocracy, political women, London society, government, party politics, Parliament, diplomacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Davey, author
Lecturer in Modern British History, University of East Anglia