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dc.contributor.authorDenney, Peter
dc.contributor.editorClaire Walker and Heather Kerr
dc.description.abstractIn the last decade of the eighteenth century, the patrician renegade Charles Pigott wrote several scurrilous exposes disclosing the private vices of the ruling elite in England, some of whom were his former associates. Pigott was one of the few gentleman participants in the popular radical movement which sprang up in the wake of the French Revolution, and he aimed to persuade a plebeian audience that their rulers were unfit to govern the nation. By encountering The Jockey Club or The Female Jockey Club, labourers could find out all sorts of salacious or shocking information about the private lives of elite public figures, from gambling exploits to sexual dysfunctions.1 The stories communicated by Pigott were well known in elite circles, being common subjects of oral and written gossip. But due to a belief that the lower classes had no right to comment on the private conduct of their superiors, such information was rarely disseminated to a popular audience. For contravening this gentlemanly protocol and making gossip a vehicle of radical propaganda Pigott was arrested for sedition, dying of gaol fever shortly after being released from prison in 1794.
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleFama and her Sisters: Gossip and Rumour in Early Modern Europe
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBritish History
dc.titleThe Pleasures and Perils of Gossip: Sociability, Scandal and Plebeian Poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
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gro.griffith.authorDenney, Peter

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