Confirmed Bachelors and Female Companions: Queerness in 18th-Century England

Georgian England (1714 to c. 1830–37, named eponymously after kings George I, George II, George III and George IV ) is defined by its tight-laced bodices and breeches, but more importantly by society’s collective dedication to the rules of propriety. Jane Austen has painted the global image of courting ladies and gentleman, of balls heavily…