Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Disbtributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
ix, 262 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-253) and index.
Part 1 The family in political writing during the exclusion crisis: partiarchalism, politics and the family-- four whig political writers. Part 2 The revolution of 1688 and the politics of gender: the politics of legitimacy - women and the warming pan scandal-- "strange paradox of power" - images of Mary II-- the politics of divorce-- Mary Astell - the marriage of toryism and feminism. Part 3 Women and political life in the age of Anne: "queens are but women" - images of Queen Anne-- Sarah Churchill, or virtue unrewarded-- conclusion.
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Ideas about marriage, gender and the family were central to political debate in late Stuart England. Rejecting both the whig narrative that ties Lockeian contract theory to "affective individualism", and the recently fashionable claim that liberalism expelled women from the "public sphere", Weil shows how political argument became an arena in which the proper relations between men and women, parents and children, public and private were defined and contested. Using sources that range from high political theory to scurrilous lampoons, she considers public debates about succession, resistance and divorce. Weil examines the allegedly fraudulent birth of the Prince of Wales in 1688, the uses to which Williamite propagandists put the image of the paradoxically sovereign but obedient Mary II, anxieties about the influence of bedchamber women on Queen Anne, the political self-image of the notorious Duchess of Marlborough, the relationship of feminism and tory ideology in the polemical of Mary Astell and the scandal novels of Delariviere Manley. (source: Nielsen Book Data)