Family and Fungus: the Remarkable Life of Emily, Comtesse de la Rochefoucauld, 2 December 2020

Dr Greg Allan (Leicester Law School)

This research explores the remarkable life of Emily, Comtesse de la Rochefoucauld, the plaintiff in the famous case of Rochefoucuald v Boustead. Emily's story is an unlikely tale of romance, infidelity, intrigue, colonialism, commerce, class, and politics, played out in several countries against the backdrop of Victorian patriarchy.  She was a remarkable individual, whose exploits are perhaps deserving of the far higher levels of attention that have been devoted to her near-contemporaries, such as Georgiana Cavendish, Isabella Robinson or Caroline Norton, who also struggled against the prejudices of male-dominated society.


Open to: Staff and students
Date and time: Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 12:30-2:00 pm
Venue: Online via Teams
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