The Shade of Fame: Adelige weibliche Existenz im England des 19. Jahrhunderts am Beispiel der Frauen um die national heroes Nelson, Wellington und Lord Byron
Schriften zur Kulturgeschichte, Band 45
Hamburg 2017, 476 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-8300-9756-3 (Print & eBook)
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The admiral – the field marshal – the poet: these keywords describe three of the most spectacular personalities of 19th century England. The triumvirate of Viscount Horatio Nelson, Arthur Wellesley; the Duke of Wellington and Lord George Gordon Byron combine like only a few other men of their time so precisely the central elements of English society: military, politics and poetry. Besides their accomplishments in the military respectively poetic field, their contemporaries were already very interested in their multifarious and often rather notorious personal life. A central element of this were their relationships to women – be it to their wife or mistresses.
But how did the life’s of the wives Frances Nelson, Catherine Sarah Dorothea Wellesley, Anna Isabella Byron; the mistresses Emma Hamilton, Harriette Wilson, Caroline Lamb; and the daughters respectively friends Horatia Nelson, Harriet Arbuthnot and Ada Augusta Lovelace looked like?
Alongside a biographical analysis of the aforesaid women, the whole group of female aristocrats of 19th century England will be further examined. In doing so many contemporary documents like letters or diaries – some of which will be published for the first time will help the reader to get a closer look at the daily lives of the these women. Contemporary rules of conduct, fashion, literature and art will be analyzed alongside gender-specific scope of action. In her role as wife, mother or mistress, many of these women crossed some lines due to their unconventional behaviour and had to pay a heavy price. Yet others nearly faded into obscurity due to their avertable insignificance. All these interesting and unique personalities have one thing in common: they all deserve to be historically considered. The shade of fame tries to achieve this goal.
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