On the Home Front
A lively, privileged group of young intellectuals grew ever more alarmed by the crises that struck Britain in the mid-1740s.
In the summer of 1745, Jemima, Marchioness Grey – handsome, clever and rich – had very little to distress or vex her. Then 23 years old, she was mistress of Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, happily married into a rising political family and surrounded by a lively intellectual coterie. Their days were spent in the extensive gardens and their evenings trading sonnets in the library.