The Intellectual Life of Elizabeth Elstob (1683-1756): Community, patronage and production

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Using the central case study of Anglo-Saxon scholar and school mistress, Elizabeth Elstob (1683-1756), this article explores the factors that fostered, as well as those that inhibited, intellectual achievement in the eighteenth century. Over her lifetime, Elstob experienced a series of contrasting circumstances and it is at moments of change that larger forces become visible. By analysing her letter-writing alongside published works - and through comparison with other intellectuals, their networks and experiences of cultural production - the interplay of community, patronage and production are illuminated.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalHistory of Intellectual Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2019


  • intellectual community
  • networks
  • gender
  • Anglo-Saxon scholarship
  • antiquarianism
  • patronage
  • publishing


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