Women and the country house in Ireland and Britain


Terence Dooley, Maeve O'Riordan & Christopher Ridgway, editors

Paperback €26.95
Catalogue Price: €29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84682-647-4
Coming March 2018. 320pp; ills.

In recent years the role of women in country houses and estates across Ireland and the UK has been the focus of greater attention. Chatelaines, mothers, wives, daughters, widows, sisters, housekeepers and maids were ever-present figures in the microcosm of the country house. New research has begun to reveal the extent of their involvement in managing households and estates, influencing design, adopting public roles, championing good causes, as well as raising families, and committing their thoughts to paper in literary expression. This volume of essays, many of which draw on hitherto unseen family archives, will bring new perspectives to our understanding of the country house as a place where many women often held powerful roles.

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Contributors: Amy Boyinton (U Cambridge), Kerry Bristol (U Leeds), Philip Bull (La Trobe U, Melbourne), Anne Casement (ind.), Jonathan Cherry (MU), Arlene Crampsie (MU), Caroline Dakers (Central St Martins), William Fraher (UL), Judith Hill (TCD), Edmund Joyce (Carlow IT), Ruth Larsen (U Derby), Anna Pilz (UCC), Lowri Ann Rees (Bangor U), Ciarán Reilly (MU), Regina Sexton (UCC), Brendan Twomey (TCD), Fiona White (GMIT).

Terence Dooley is director of the Centre for Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Maynooth University. Maeve O’Riordan is coordinator of Women’s Studies at University College Cork. Christopher Ridgway is curator at Castle Howard in Yorkshire.