Readership: Scholars and students of nineteenth-century history; social and political historians; students and specialists in women's history and in Victorian Studies.
"Well written, meticulously evidenced, and brave, this is an important study that will be read fruitfully by a wide range of historians" - Journal of Modern History, Vol.72, No.3
"This is a superbly researched and important study" - Journal of Modern History, Vol.72, No.3
"K. D. Reynolds offers an important and well-researched contribution to this history" - Journal of Modern History, Vol.72, No.3
"an important work in alerting us to some interesting realities of identity formation for Victorian aristocratic women." - Nancy W. Ellenberger, Albion
"fine new study ... succinct and persuasive. ...The discussion illuminates several interesting historiographical questions" - Nancy W. Ellenberger, Albion
"a long-awaited study of aristocratic women ... Reynolds study is rich in examples of the public lives of aristocratic women, many of which are fascinating." - Donna Loftus, Social History Bulletin, Vol.25, No.1, 2000.
Note on Names
1: `The Lady at their Head': Women and the Landed Estates
2: `The Business and Charities of the Parish': Churches, Schools, and Local Authority
3: `Many to Take Care of': Charity, Philanthropy, and Paternalism
4: `Aristocratical and Female Influence': Elections and Electioneering
5: `Party' Politics: Metropolitan Political Society.
6: `A Busy and Suspicious "Cabal" or "Head Housemaids"'? The Ladies of Queen Victoria's Household