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Mistress of the house : great ladies and grand houses, 1670-1830

Author: Rosemary Baird
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.
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"For aristocratic women of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the hope must have been that they would fall in love not only with their future husbands but also with their new family's ancestral home. The great houses of the period were visible expressions of wealth, power and prestige. A large, fashionable and beautifully appointed house could aid the owner's climb through the social and political ranks. A  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rosemary Baird
ISBN: 0297830783 9780297830788
OCLC Number: 52145719
Description: xvi, 320 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: The feminine touch --
Love and strategy --
Ritual, routine and obligation --
House beautiful --
Collector and protector, Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, 1649-1734 --
Restoration drama, Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart and Duchess of Lauderdale, 1626-98 --
The political hostess, Caroline Lennox, Baroness Holland, 1723-74 --
The height of fashion, Mary Blount, Duchess of Norfolk, 1701-73 --
Dynastic determination, Elizabeth Griffin, Countess of Portsmouth, 1691-1762 --
Equal eminences, Elizabeth Seymour, Duchess of Northumberland, 1716-1776 --
Bluestocking bravado, Elizabeth Robinson, Mrs. Montagu, 1720-1800 --
Landed with the past, Theresa Robinson, Mrs. John Parker, 1745-75 --
Seclusion in Scotland, Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon, 1749-1812 --
Regency disdain, Elizabeth Howard, Duchess of Rutland, 1780-1825.
Responsibility: Rosemary Baird.
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Life, marriage, taste and fashion: the role of women in the great Power Houses of 17th and 18th century Britain.  Read more...

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