‘Horsham is Lady Irwin’s Borough’: the power of the 18th Century political widow

We continue our series on election campaigning through the centuries today, with an example of the power aristocratic women could hold in the pre-1832 electoral system. Elaine Chalus, Professor of British History in Bath Spa University, discusses the story of Lady Irwin, who recently featured in BBC2’s Suffragettes Forever… When Frances, Lady Irwin, died in 1807, the 11th duke of Norfolk — the notoriously hard-drinking … Continue reading ‘Horsham is Lady Irwin’s Borough’: the power of the 18th Century political widow