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University of Toronto Press
FORMAT: Hardback
ISBN: 9781442648272
RRP: £43.99
PAGES: 384
PUBLICATION DATE: February 23, 2015

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Liberal Hearts and Coronets: The Lives and Times of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon and John Campbell Gordon, the Aberdeens

By (author) Veronica Strong-Boag

Scottish aristocrats John Campbell Gordon (1847-1934) and Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon (1857-1939), known as the Aberdeens, rejected both revolution and reaction in their political careers. The aristocratic progressivism and egalitarian marriage of these fervent liberals confounded both contemporaries and historians. John, as viceroy of Ireland and governor-general of Canada, was a notable ally of feminists, workers, and Irish Home Rulers. Ishbel, his viceregal companion and the long-time president of the International Council of Women, was a liberal feminist and Home Ruler whose commitments stirred up even more controversy. Superbly written and informed by decades of research, Liberal Hearts and Coronets is the first biography to treat John Campbell Gordon as seriously as his better-known wife. Examining the Aberdeens’ remarkable careers as landlords, philanthropists, and international progressives, Veronica Strong-Boag casts the twilight of the British aristocracy in an entirely new light.

Reviews of Liberal Hearts and Coronets: The Lives and Times of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon and John Campbell Gordon, the Aberdeens

'This book provides a window into social reform agendas and methods over the course of several decades, in multiple socio-political contexts, and the complicated dynamics that determine their outcomes.' — Lisa Chilton Canadian Historical Review vol 97:02:2016 'Strong-Boag's research on the Aberdeens is exhaustive and her assessment of them even-handed… This is history with its many strands intertwines with critical biography and it is very, very good. — Carolyn MacHardy BC Studies February 2016

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