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‘We have to compliment the Aristocracy on the exhibition of their morals' : the Ellenborough divorce case (1830) and the politics of scandal in pre-reform London and Vormärz Vienna

Greet De Bock (UGent)
(2016) HISTORICAL RESEARCH . 89(246). p.776-798
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Using the 1830 divorce of Lord and Lady Ellenborough as a case study, this article sheds more light on the mechanisms of sexual scandal in early nineteenth-century Europe. It contrasts the publicity and political meaning given to the adultery of Lady Ellenborough and the Austrian envoy Felix zu Schwarzenberg in London and Vienna. Whereas radical and moderate reformers exploited the divorce to contest aristocratic leadership and to propagate a contrasting model of domesticity in the British press, the Austrian government went to great lengths to cover up the affair. Both Austrian diplomatic correspondence and British high-society letters and diaries from before and during the scandal show an awareness of the damage that disclosures about the private affairs of the elite could cause.
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Scandal, Gender, Aristocracy, Divorce, Diplomacy, Publicity, Reform Bill, United Kingdom, Austria, Press

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De Bock, Greet. 2016. “‘We Have to Compliment the Aristocracy on the Exhibition of Their Morals’ : the Ellenborough Divorce Case (1830) and the Politics of Scandal in Pre-reform London and Vormärz Vienna.” Historical Research 89 (246): 776–798.
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De Bock, G. (2016). “We have to compliment the Aristocracy on the exhibition of their morals” : the Ellenborough divorce case (1830) and the politics of scandal in pre-reform London and Vormärz Vienna. HISTORICAL RESEARCH , 89(246), 776–798.
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De Bock G. “We have to compliment the Aristocracy on the exhibition of their morals” : the Ellenborough divorce case (1830) and the politics of scandal in pre-reform London and Vormärz Vienna. HISTORICAL RESEARCH . Wiley-Blackwell; 2016;89(246):776–98.
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De Bock, Greet. “‘We Have to Compliment the Aristocracy on the Exhibition of Their Morals’ : the Ellenborough Divorce Case (1830) and the Politics of Scandal in Pre-reform London and Vormärz Vienna.” HISTORICAL RESEARCH 89.246 (2016): 776–798. Print.
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  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.12141},
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