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Encyclopedia > Blue Stockings Society (England)

The Blue Stockings Society was an informal women's social and educational movement in England in the mid-eighteenth century, created in imitation of the French society of the same name, emphasizing education and mutual co-operation rather than the individualism which marked the French version. // The Unobservable Although the term social is a crucial category in social science and often used in public discourse, its meaning is often vague, suggesting that it is a fuzzy concept. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area...


It was founded in the early 1750s by Mrs Elizabeth Montagu and others as a women's literary discussion group, a revolutionary step away from traditional non-intellectual women's activities. They invited various people to attend, including a botanist, translator and publisher called Benjamin Stillingfleet. He was not rich enough to have the proper formal dress which included black silk stockings. So he attended in his normal clothes, wearing blue worsted stockings. This started a trend. The husband of one of the group members was Admiral Edward Boscawen, and he derisively referred to the meetings as the "Blue-Stocking Society".[citation needed] Elizabeth Montagu (1720 - 1800), was an English literary critic. ... Silk dresses Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. ... A pair of dark grey nylon stockings. ... Worsted is the name of both a yarn, usually made from wool, and the cloth made from this yarn. ... Edward Boscawen (August 10, 1711 - January 10, 1761) was a British (Cornish) admiral. ...


Members included Ada Byron Lovelace, Mrs Delaney (constant companion of Margaret Cavendish-Harley), Margaret Cavendish-Harley, Elizabeth Carter and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (December 10, 1815 - November 27, 1852) is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbages early mechanical general_purpose computer, the analytical engine. ... Margaret Cavendish-Harley Margaret Cavendish-Harley (February 11, 1715, Welbeck Abbey - July 17, 1785, Bulstrode, Buckinghamshire), was the richest woman in the Kingdom of Great Britain at her time. ... Elizabeth Carter (1717 - 1806) was a miscellaneous writer, born at Deal, daughter of a clergyman. ... Mary Wortley Montague, by Charles Jervas, after 1716. ...

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This article incorporates text from the public domain 1907 edition of The Nuttall Encyclop√¶dia. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... The Nuttall Encyclopædia is an early-20th-century encyclopedia, edited by Rev. ...


 
 

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