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The Season : A Social History of the Debutante

By: Richardson, Kristen

0393608735 / 9780393608731
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163 x 244 mm, 523 grams 288 pages, 8 pages of illustrations
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Kristen Richardson, from a family of debutantes, chose not to debut but her curiosity drove her to research this enduring custom. The story begins in England six hundred years ago when wealthy fathers needed an efficient way to find appropriate husbands for their daughters.

Elizabeth I's presentations at court expanded into London's season of dances, dinners and courting, extending to the corners of the British empire and beyond.

Richardson traces the social seasons of young women, and shares their captivating stories, often through their words from diaries, letters and interviews.

While exploring why the debutante tradition persists-and why it has spread to Russia, China and other nations-Richardson has uncovered its extensive cultural influence on the lives of daughters in Britain and the US.


HBT History: specific events & topics, HBTB Social & cultural history, JFSJ1 Gender studies: women, JHBT Sociology: customs & traditions

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