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The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England
     

The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England

by Amanda Vickery
 

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ISBN-10: 0300102224

ISBN-13: 9780300102222

Pub. Date: 08/11/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press


What was the life of an eighteenth-century British genteel woman like? In this lively and controversial book, Amanda Vickery invokes women’s own accounts of their intimate and their public lives to argue that in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the scope of female experience did not diminish—in fact, quite the reverse. Refuting the common

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What was the life of an eighteenth-century British genteel woman like? In this lively and controversial book, Amanda Vickery invokes women’s own accounts of their intimate and their public lives to argue that in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the scope of female experience did not diminish—in fact, quite the reverse. Refuting the common understanding that in Georgian times the daughters of merchants, the wives of lawyers, and the sisters of gentlemen lost female freedoms and retreated into their homes, Vickery shows that these women experienced expanding social and intellectual horizons. As they embraced a world far beyond the boundaries of their own parishes through their tireless writing and ravenous reading, genteel women also enjoyed an array of emerging new public arenas—assembly rooms, concert series, theater seasons, circulating libraries, day-time lectures, urban walks, and pleasure gardens.

Based on the letters, diaries, and account books of over one hundred women from commercial, professional, and gentry families, this book transforms our understanding of the position of women in Georgian England. In their own words, they tell of their sometimes humorous, sometimes moving experiences and desires, and of their many roles, including kinswoman, wife, mother, housekeeper, consumer, hostess, and member of polite society. By the nineteenth century, family duties continued to dominate women’s lives, yet, Vickery contends, the public profile of privileged women had reached unprecedented heights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300102222
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/11/2003
Series:
Yale Nota Bene Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
436
Sales rank:
901,246
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii(3)
Note on the Text x(1)
Map
xi
Introduction 1(12)
1 Gentility
13(26)
2 Love and Duty
39(48)
3 Fortitude and Resignation
87(40)
4 Prudent Economy
127(34)
5 Elegance
161(34)
6 Civility and Vulgarity
195(30)
7 Propriety
225(60)
Conclusion 285(10)
Abbreviations 295(1)
Notes to the Text 296(56)
APPENDICES 352(42)
1 Research Design and Sources 352(2)
2 Biographical Index 354(29)
3 Members of the Parker Family 383(2)
4 The Social Networks Database 385(2)
5 Elizabeth Shackleton's Servant Information Network, 1770-1781 387(3)
6 Purchasers of Parker Rabies Medicine, 1767-1777 390(4)
Tables
394(3)
Select Bibliography 397(18)
List of Plates and Acknowledgements
415(3)
Index 418

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