Imperial families: women writing home in Georgian Britain

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This article critically engages with the concept of home to question what home meant and how it was constructed in eighteenth-century Britain. It particularly focuses on elite imperial families for whom ideas of home were significant, yet fragile as family members became dispersed across ever-greater distances. It uses letters as its source base to examine how families managed to construct a sense of home and belonging despite different locations and underlines the important role that women played in organizing and completing the work of home building. In doing so this article challenges understandings of homes as stable entities and highlights how elite imperial families worked to constantly negotiate and construct them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-860
JournalWomen's History Review
Issue number6
Early online date15 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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