Women Landowners in Gloucestershire, 1660-1810: Lives, Experiences and Challenges

Cutter, Elizabeth (2023) Women Landowners in Gloucestershire, 1660-1810: Lives, Experiences and Challenges. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/7FR4K5M8

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Abstract

This study explores the lives of widowed women as landowners during the long eighteenth century. It uses two case studies based in Gloucestershire, Mrs Catherine Bovey of Flaxley Abbey and Lady Elizabeth Guise of Highnam Court to analyse how they operated during a period of time that was dominated by the patriarchy with men appearing predominately as landowners and managers. This is in the context regarding the existence of some societal ideologies that placed the role of women as purely in the domestic sphere. The research, therefore, sets out to challenge whether there was any practical application of private/public dichotomy to women gentry landowners. The study has been conducted through analysing many different aspects of their daily lives in connection to estate management, from the more feminine charitable work to their active involvement in agricultural improvement and industrial projects. All of which contributed to the success of the landed estate and allowed these women agency in decision making and economic independency.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Randall, Vickyvrandall@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/vicky-randall/
Hutchinson, Markmhutchinson@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/mark-hutchinson/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Widowed women; Women landowners; Societal ideologies; Domestic Sphere;
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA1 History of Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA1 History of Great Britain > DA20 England
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA1 History of Great Britain > DA20 England > DA28 History > DA129 By period > DA300 Modern, 1485-
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Depositing User: Kamila Niekoraniec
Date Deposited: 15 May 2024 13:21
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 10:36
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/14094

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