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Characters Catherine Gore
Like its predecessor, this novel recalls Jane Austen , but this time the plot (at least the earlier part) is closer to that of Sense and Sensibility. Marcia, a sensible elder sister, makes a...
Characters Angela Thirkell
AT ended her story with a reference to the evacuation from Dunkirk in 27 May-3 June 1940, which had taken place just before she handed in what she called ironically My Great War Novel.
Strickland, Margot. Angela Thirkell: Portrait of a Lady Novelist. Duckworth.
Cultural formation Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The father's side of MEB 's family were landowners with a well-established estate at Skisdon Lodge, St Kew, Cornwall, though her father had trained to earn his living. In an interview in 1888 she...
Cultural formation Alison Uttley
She was born to rural working class parents. They were both fine story-tellers, though her father belonged to the oral rather than the literary tradition. As a child she was sent, by a mother whose...
Cultural formation Elizabeth Rigby
ER was born to presumably white, English, middle-class parents. She was a practising Anglican and leaned towards High Church doctrine.
Lochhead, Marion C. Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake. John Murray.
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She became a staunch Tory who frequently published articles in the Conservative Quarterly Review.
Lochhead, Marion C. Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake. John Murray.
death Benjamin Disraeli
His death date became known as Primrose Day, from his association with the spring flower which he was said to love.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder.
In November 1883 the Primrose League was formed as a Conservative organization.
Family and Intimate relationships Louisa Baldwin
A Worcestershire ironmaster, Alfred Baldwin also served as a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1892.
Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
LB and her husband were very close. Louisa's ill health only seemed to strengthen [his] devotion to her. The intensity...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Gawthorpe
MG 's father, John Gawthorpe , was a leather currier, who worked at a tannery or leather factory. He was also a church choirmaster, Sunday-school superintendent, cricket-team captain and later an agent for the Conservative Party
Literary responses Naomi Mitchison
Stalwarts of the Labour Party (where NM 's husband had his career to think of) hated We Have Been Warned. Though NM had explicitly denied that she spoke for any political group whatever, an...
Literary responses Eleanor Rathbone
Opponents of ER 's plans included members of the Conservative , Liberal , and Labour parties, though the Independent Labour Party gave the plans its official support in 1926. In 1925 some members of the...
Literary Setting Muriel Spark
It is set long ago in 1945, when all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions.
Spark, Muriel. The Girls of Slender Means. Macmillan.
It is a time, not quite peace and not quite war, between two armistice celebrations...
Material Conditions of Writing Elizabeth Rigby
The preface notes that the work was ready for publication in the Spring, but delayed by the publisher 's wish, on account of the agitated state of the political atmosphere.
Rigby, Elizabeth. Mrs. Grote. John Murray.
This presumably refers to...
Occupation Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton
Bulwer served as an independent radical Member of Parliament, who in 1832 reformed himself out of a seat.
Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press.
Following this (the First Reform Bill) he was immediately re-elected, and served until 1841. His initiatives during...
Occupation Elizabeth Jane Howard
In 1943 EJH got a steadier job than she had yet had, as continuity announcer with the BBC . In this job she read news bulletins, announced concerts, selected and played records. Later, while visiting...
Occupation Barbara Cartland
BC was elected, as a Conservative member for Hatfield, to the HertfordshireCounty Council , where she served until 1964.
Heald, Tim. A Life of Love: The Life of Barbara Cartland. Sinclair-Stevenson.


February 1809: The Quarterly Review was founded....

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February 1809

The Quarterly Review was founded.

20 January 1843: Daniel M'Naghten shot and mortally wounded...

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20 January 1843

Daniel M'Naghten shot and mortally wounded the private secretary of Sir Robert Peel , the Prime Minister: his trial for murder changed British legislation on pleas of insanity.

4 December 1845: The position of Peel's Conservative government...

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4 December 1845

The position of Peel 's Conservative government was severely shaken by a report in the Times that it was about to repeal the Corn Laws.

26 June 1846: The Corn Laws were repealed by Sir Robert...

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26 June 1846

The Corn Laws were repealed by Sir Robert Peel 's Conservative government, after much agitation by groups such as the Anti-Corn Law League and in face of the growing urgency of the Great Famine in Ireland.

30 June 1846: Lord John Russell (a Whig or Liberal, later...

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30 June 1846

Lord John Russell (a Whig or Liberal, later created first Earl Russell) was invited to form the UK government following the resignation of Sir Robert Peel , a Conservative .

3 November 1855: An advertisement marked the launch of the...

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3 November 1855

An advertisement marked the launch of the conservative (high Tory and Anglo-Catholic ), weeklySaturday Review; it focused on Politics, Literature, Science, and Art.

28 June 1866: Lord Derby, a Conservative, formed his third...

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28 June 1866

Lord Derby , a Conservative , formed his third government.

27 February 1868: Benjamin Disraeli, a Conservative, became...

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27 February 1868

Benjamin Disraeli , a Conservative , became Prime Minister following the resignation of the Earl of Derby .

3 December 1868: Following the first general election after...

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3 December 1868

Following the first general election after the Second Reform Act of the previous year, William Gladstone , a Liberal , formed the government in succession to ConservativeBenjamin Disraeli .

20 February 1874: Conservative leader Benjamin Disraeli formed...

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20 February 1874

Conservative leader Benjamin Disraeli formed the government for a second time, in succession to Gladstone 's Liberal government.

1880s: Many local Women's Liberal Associations ...

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Many local Women's Liberal Association s formed.

23 April 1880: Liberal William Gladstone formed the UK's...

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23 April 1880

LiberalWilliam Gladstone formed the UK's government for the second time, following a Conservative disaster in the general election.

1884: Tory women were admitted to the newly founded...

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Tory women were admitted to the newly founded Primrose League .

23 June 1885: The Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative)...

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23 June 1885

The Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative ) formed a minority government in Britain.

8 June 1886: Gladstone's Home Rule Bill for Ireland was...

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8 June 1886

Gladstone 's Home Rule Bill for Ireland was defeated. The issue split his party, the Liberals , and eventually the Liberal-Unionists were absorbed into the Conservatives .


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