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The vicereines of Ireland and the transformation of the Dublin court, c. 1703–1737

Wilson, Rachel ORCID: 2014. The vicereines of Ireland and the transformation of the Dublin court, c. 1703–1737. The Court Historian 19 (1) , pp. 3-28. 10.1179/cou.2014.19.1.002

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At the beginning of the eighteenth century, court life at Dublin Castle was poorly developed, while the wives of the lords lieutenant of Ireland, the vicereines, had only a limited role within Irish society. Less than forty years later, they ranked among the country’s leading hostesses and their establishments had become social and political hubs. By analysing the activities of these women in conjunction with modifications to Dublin Castle, this article discusses how and why these changes came about. It demonstrates how inextricably linked were the evolutions of the court and the vicereines, the increasing importance of each to the success of a lord lieutenancy and the parallels between the royal and viceregal courts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Society for Court Studies/Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1462-9712
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 March 2020
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 13:40

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