Chatsworth House under the 1st–4th Earls of Devonshire (1610–c. 1700): notions of privacy in a specific household, its material space and intellectual climate

Notions of privacy in the secluded, yet public life at a rural manor. Foci: the role of priva­cy in the political theories of Hobbes, tutor and com­panion to the earls of Devonshire; his pri­vate/professional letter-advice on their conduct; the rebuilding of Chatsworth (from 1687), its reno­vation of private apartments and bathrooms; introduction of downstairs servants’ lodging; the chap­el at Chatsworth and the Cavendish chapel in St Peter’s at Edensor as sites of private, yet pub­lic devotion.

Research on privacy will add decisive new insights to research into, e.g., the architecture of Chatsworth and research on Hobbes; see, e.g.,

  • Girouard, M. 1978. Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History. New Ha­ven/ London
  • Malcolm, N. 2002. Aspects of Hobbes. Oxford
  • Martinich, A.P. 1999. Hobbes: A Biography. Cambridge
  • Skinner, Q. 2002. Visions of Politics, vol. 3. Cambridge