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Madam BritanniaWomen, Church, and Nation 1712-1812$
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Emma Major

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199699377

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699377.001.0001

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‘Is good to come of it?’: Britannia, the Clergywoman, and Liberty

‘Is good to come of it?’: Britannia, the Clergywoman, and Liberty

(p.304) Epilogue ‘Is good to come of it?’: Britannia, the Clergywoman, and Liberty
Madam Britannia

Emma Major

Oxford University Press

The conclusion discusses the shift in depictions of Britannia in graphic art and monuments towards a pacific, mourning figure. It looks at ways in which Britannia is represented as mourning Nelson and her role in the memorialising of this national hero. It then discusses the legacy that the eighteenth-century Britannia and the writers studied in this book might have for their nineteenth-century successors. A key shared concern is the question ‘Is good to come of it?’ The emergence of the clergywoman over the nineteenth century provides a link between writers like Hannah More, H. M. Bowdler, and A. L. Barbauld, and Charlotte Yonge and Margaret Oliphant, and female clergy in the Church of England today. The book concludes with a brief discussion of Britannia’s more radical daughters.

Keywords:   Britannia, liberty, Nelson, clergywoman, women priests, Church of England, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Margaret Oliphant, Charlotte Yonge

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