© 2016

British Masculinity in the Gentleman’s Magazine, 1731 to 1815


Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gillian Williamson
    Pages 1-4
  3. Gillian Williamson
    Pages 5-13
  4. Gillian Williamson
    Pages 33-70
  5. Gillian Williamson
    Pages 181-186
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-283

About this book


The Gentleman's Magazine was the leading eighteenth-century periodical. By integrating the magazine's history, readers and contents this study shows how 'gentlemanliness' was reshaped to accommodate their social and political ambitions.


Masculinity gender gentleman magazine eighteenth century publishing trade middle class history history of literature

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ScholarUK

About the authors

Gillian Williamson read Classics at the University of Cambridge, UK, and worked as a corporate finance adviser in London. She returned to academic study after editing a lottery-funded local history book, and also contributed to The Victoria History of Essex: Newport (2015).

Bibliographic information


“Gillian Williamson’s fascinating book offers a sustained and detailed study of the Magazine’s readership and its changing ideas of the gentleman, from its foundation by Edward Cave in 1731 to the aftermath of Waterloo in 1815. … the Gentleman’s Magazine had been an aspirational publication for the ‘middling sort’, in which readers from the mercantile and professional classes fashioned the figure of the gentleman in their own image.” (Caroline Gonda, The BARS Review, Issue 49, 2017)