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Bridgerton: the real 18th-century women penning satirical periodicals to bite back at society

By Adam J Smith, Associate Professor in 18th-century Literature, York St John University
In the world of Bridgerton everyone reads the scandalous gossip columns of Lady Whistledown. That Lady Whistedown’s acid pen belongs to none other than the ever-polite Penelope Featherington proved a shocking twist, but not one without historical precedent.

The history of 18th-century print is littered with striking instances in which women, like Featherington, used cheap print – such as magazines and periodicals – to deliver stunning satirical…The Conversation

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