By Marilyn Morris
How, and why, did the Anglo-American international develop into so keen about the personal lives and public personality of its political leaders? Marilyn Morris reveals solutions in eighteenth-century Britain, whilst a protracted culture of courtroom intrigue and gossip unfold right into a a lot broader and extra public political enviornment with the expansion of political events, extra-parliamentary political actions, and a partisan print culture.
The public’s preoccupation with the private personality of the ruling elite paralleled a becoming curiosity within the inside lives of people in histories, novels, and the theater. Newspaper studies of the royal kin intensified in intimacy and its participants grew to become ethical exemplars—most frequently, satirically, once they misbehaved. Ad hominem assaults on political leaders turned average; politicians of all affiliations persevered to evaluate one another’s characters in keeping with their luck and bold with girls and funds. And newly well known human-interest journalism promoted the appearance that the non-public characters of public figures may be learn by means of appearances.