Queen Caroline and Sir William Gell

A Study in Royal Patronage and Classical Scholarship

  • Jason Thompson

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. A Princess and Her Chamberlain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jason Thompson
      Pages 3-15
    3. Jason Thompson
      Pages 17-30
    4. Jason Thompson
      Pages 31-49
    5. Jason Thompson
      Pages 51-64
    6. Jason Thompson
      Pages 65-96
    7. Jason Thompson
      Pages 97-117
    8. Jason Thompson
      Pages 119-151
  3. Queen Caroline’s Letters to Sir William Gell

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Jason Thompson
      Pages 155-256
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 257-266

About this book


This book explores the relationship between Queen Caroline, one of the most enigmatic characters in Regency England, and Sir William Gell, the leading classical scholar of his day. Despised and rejected by her husband, Caroline created a sphere and court of her own through patronage of scholarship.  The primary beneficiary was Gell, a pioneering scholar of the classical world who opened new dimensions in the study of ancient Troy, mainland Greece, and Ithaca.  Despite his achievements, Gell had scarce financial resources.  Support from Caroline enabled him to establish himself in Italy and conduct his seminal work about ancient Rome and, especially, Pompeii, until her sensational trial before the House of Lords and premature death. Concluding with the first scholarly transcription of the extraordinary series of letters that Caroline wrote to Gell, this volume illuminates how Caroline sought power through patronage, and how Gell shaped classical scholarship in nineteenth-century Britain.


Caroline of Brunswick George IV Sir William Gell Regency historiography The Trial of Queen Caroline Regency political history Regency social history Queen Caroline's letters to Sir William Gell John Gardner Wilkinson classical studies royal patronage Act of Settlement classical scholarship

Authors and affiliations

  • Jason Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.Copper HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98007-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98008-9
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