By Donna T. Andrew

Aristocratic Vice examines the outrage against—and makes an attempt to end—the 4 vices linked to the aristocracy in eighteenth-century England: duelling, suicide, adultery, and playing. all of the 4, it was once more often than not believed, owed its foundation to satisfaction. Many felt the legislation didn't cross some distance sufficient to punish these perpetrators who have been participants of the elite. during this interesting new publication, Andrew explores each one vice’s remedy by way of the click on the time and indicates how a century of public assaults on aristocratic vices promoted a feeling of “class superiority” one of the soon-to-emerge British heart class.

“Donna Andrew maintains to light up the psychological landscapes of eighteenth-century Britain. . . . No historian of the interval has made higher or better use of the newspaper press as a resource for cultural heritage than she. This ebook is obviously the made of loads of paintings and is probably going to stimulate extra work.”—Joanna Innes, collage of Oxford

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At its worst, pride was condemned as the source of sin, of pollution and lawlessness. Pride was that aristocratic quality earliest attacked by opponents. Not surprisingly, pride had many critics; more surprisingly perhaps, pride also had its champions. ” Similarly, in the notes to his poem “The Universe,” Henry Baker argued that As Self-Love is the inborn Principle of Mankind, so is Pride, its first-begotten, their general Passion . . Nor is this Passion useless, or to be blamed . : for the Mind is hereby excited to emulate and rise above its Fellows, to gain and to deserve Esteem.

The innate Desire of Honour and of what doth merit it is a better Security of one’s good Behavior than either private and personal Obligations. 60 Honor: Male and Female In his Journal of 1738 John Wesley recounted a meeting with a felon whom he visited in prison, where the prisoner was awaiting execution: 32 Contesting Cultural Authority He attempted twice or thrice to shoot himself; but it [the gun] would not go off. Upon his laying it down, one took it up and blew out the priming. He was very angry, went and got fresh primer, came in again, sat down, beat the flint with his key and .

24 Men who exercised this power-hunger, who used honor as their excuse to browbeat others, were not truly possessed of honor, but were a sort of ravening animal, seeking prey. Abraham Clerke noted how, “under the influence of that false principle of honour . . ”25 In contrast, true courage was hailed as “Parent of Virtue! Daughter of Benevolence! Prop of Nations! 26 The use of the term “a man of honour” as an ironic device to indicate true honor’s absence, was given an interesting turn in a 1741 essay on honor.

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