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Houghton Hospitality: Representing Sociability and Corruption in Sir Robert Walpole's Britain

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-254
JournalEighteenth-Century Studies
Issue number2
Early online date6 Jan 2018
Accepted/In press5 Jun 2017
E-pub ahead of print6 Jan 2018


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This article examines the political discourse surrounding Sir Robert Walpole's Norfolk Congresses—extended social gatherings held at his Norfolk residence of Houghton throughout his political ascendancy (1721–1742). By analyzing both pro-government and oppositional accounts, the article seeks to complicate traditional stereotypes of Court Whig corruption, revealing Walpole as a problematically hospitable figure and demonstrating how conflicting traditions of Whig sociability struggled for dominance in textual representations of the events.

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