Professor in British studies
Department of History, University of Liverpool
English social and political history in the long eighteenth century; esp. interplay of gender and politics; eighteenth-century British electoral history
Sociability was intrinsic to British politics in the eighteenth-century. For Members of Parliament and members of the House of Lords, politics was face-to-face and personal, operating through social networks, personal connexions and extended family interests. Much political networking, solicitation, manoeuvring, and negotiation took place in mixed-sex social arenas that included women, or were hosted by women.