As Benjamin Disraeli’s coffin was lowered into the ground on 26 April, 1881, the attention of the crowded mourners and reporters fixed on a simple primrose wreath amidst the mass of floral tributes left in the churchyard at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire. …
Tom Crewe is completing a PhD on late-Victorian British political culture at the University of Cambridge. His work explores the characteristics of what some perceived as a newly ‘democratic’ politics in the final decades of the nineteenth century. Tom’s research explores what this environment demanded of politicians and how they responded, looking particularly at the role of the mass media and the public speech.
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