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TV historian Amanda Vickery inaugural lecture: Family life makes Tories of us all

The lecture at Queen Mary, University of London explores the home as the state in miniature.

After 1688, new ideas on political authority and social manners came to the fore, but the household hierarchy endured regardless. Husbands were to govern wives, masters and mistresses to rule servants, and parents to discipline children. By the eighteenth century, new ideals of politeness revolutionised domestic manners and interactions among the middle classes. Meanwhile the vogue for sensibility in novels and paintings inflated expectations about affection and happiness at home.

Professor Vickery also discuss the balance of love and power in eighteenth-century marriage and family life, and how dependents lived with the contradictions. 'Family life’, it was observed in 1779, ‘makes Tories of us all… see if any Whig wishes to see the beautiful Utopian expansion of power within his own walls’.


Professor Amanda Vickery | talks | www


Date and Time:

22 November 2011 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End road
E1 4NS

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