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Sex, Money and Personal Character in Eighteenth-Century British Politics

Marilyn Morris

Abstract

How, and why, did the Anglo-American world become so obsessed with the private lives and public character of its political leaders? This book finds answers in eighteenth-century Britain, when a long tradition of court intrigue and gossip spread into a much broader and more public political arena with the growth of political parties, extra-parliamentary political activities, and a partisan print culture. The public's preoccupation with the personal character of the ruling elite paralleled a growing interest in the interior lives of individuals in histories, novels, and the theatre. Newspaper re ... More

Keywords: Anglo-American world, political leaders, private lives, court intrigue, gossip, print culture, royal family, politicians, public figures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300208450
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300208450.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn Morris, author
University of North Texas