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Published: 01 December 2018

360 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781786941244

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Bookseller Code (06)

Women of the Country House in Ireland, 1860-1914

Maeve O'Riordan

Liverpool University Press

  • This is the defining text on elite women in Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century, offering in-depth analysis of their lived experience, debunking a number of myths about elite women in the process
  • For the first time, the reader can get to know the women who lived in these grand houses, who made marital links across the Irish Sea, and who propped up failing estates with their dowries as space is given to their own voice
  • It provides a context for existing biographies of famous women of this gentry and aristocracy classes, such as the Ladies Londonderry, Constance Markievicz, Edith Somerville and Lady Gregory
  • This is the first detailed analysis of the female experience within the ascendancy class in Ireland, and so offers a companion piece to existing works on the 'Big House' in Ireland by providing detailed analysis on the female experience
  • It will allow, for the first time, comparisons to be made between elite women in Ireland and those living across the Irish Sea, and throughout Europe
  • The work mines several previously unused archival collections