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‘What are we to expect from women?’: Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire and Female Canvassing during the 1784 Westminster Election, Emily Sargeant

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was one of the most celebrated political women of the eighteenth century. Her canvass for Charles Fox in the Westminster Election of 1784 was hugely successful, and yet led to condemnation in the popular press. This article will consider the nature of these critical reports, and the motivations behind them, based on the premise that the involvement of elite women in politics in the 1780s was otherwise normative, within certain boundaries.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
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