This introduction establishes the aims and scope of the book, sketching out the narrative arc and providing a chapter breakdown. Using some key images of Britannia, the introduction argues that Britannia gains new life and importance in the years following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. It indicates the ways in which Britannia gained importance over the eighteenth century and how the French Revolution starting in 1789 caused a shift in attitudes towards women that meant Britannia became less powerful as an image of nation. The relationship between women, religion, and print culture is discussed as an important context for the debates of the book. The tradition of the ‘godly woman’ is also highlighted. It then introduces one of the key figures of the book: Elizabeth Montagu.
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