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'In the Greatest Wildness of my Youth': Sir Charles Hanbury Williams and Mid-Eighteenth-Century Libertinism

Butterwick - Pawlikowski, RJ; (2018) 'In the Greatest Wildness of my Youth': Sir Charles Hanbury Williams and Mid-Eighteenth-Century Libertinism. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies , 41 (1) pp. 3-23. 10.1111/1754-0208.12492. Green open access

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Abstract

Much has been written about discourses concerning male sexual behaviour in the eighteenth century; given the nature of the surviving sources, it is harder to research actual sexual behaviour. Sir Charles Hanbury Williams (1708-1759) was a celebrated poet, wit and diplomat in his own lifetime, but is now largely forgotten. The copious surviving manuscripts of his correspondence and verses provide rich and explicit material for an examination of mid-eighteenth-century libertinism from two perspectives – that of its ribald practitioners, and that of an ex-libertine father and mentor – within the context of scholarly debates on eighteenth-century politeness and masculinities.

Type: Article
Title: 'In the Greatest Wildness of my Youth': Sir Charles Hanbury Williams and Mid-Eighteenth-Century Libertinism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1754-0208.12492
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/1754-0208.12492
Language: English
Keywords: Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, libertinism, sexuality, politeness, masculinity, paternity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508108
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