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