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Queenship and Power

Queen Caroline and Sir William Gell

A Study in Royal Patronage and Classical Scholarship

Authors: Thompson, Jason

  • Presents the first scholarly transcription of Queen Caroline’s letters to Sir William Gell
  • Offers the first substantial study of Sir William Gell and his scholarly achievements
  • Appeals to scholars of Regency political and cultural history, classical studies, and gender studies
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This book explores the relationship between Queen Caroline, one of the most enigmatic characters in Regency England, and Sir William Gell, the leading classical scholar of his day. Despised and rejected by her husband, Caroline created a sphere and court of her own through patronage of scholarship.  The primary beneficiary was Gell, a pioneering scholar of the classical world who opened new dimensions in the study of ancient Troy, mainland Greece, and Ithaca.  Despite his achievements, Gell had scarce financial resources.  Support from Caroline enabled him to establish himself in Italy and conduct his seminal work about ancient Rome and, especially, Pompeii, until her sensational trial before the House of Lords and premature death. Concluding with the first scholarly transcription of the extraordinary series of letters that Caroline wrote to Gell, this volume illuminates how Caroline sought power through patronage, and how Gell shaped classical scholarship in nineteenth-century Britain.

About the authors

Jason Thompson is a historian of the British Empire and the author of Sir Gardner Wilkinson and His Circle, A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present, and most recently, the three-volume Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology.

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98008-9
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98007-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Queen Caroline and Sir William Gell
Book Subtitle
A Study in Royal Patronage and Classical Scholarship
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98008-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98008-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98007-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 266
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