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The ClosetThe Eighteenth-Century Architecture of Intimacy$
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Danielle Bobker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691198231

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691198231.001.0001

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The Duchess of York’s Bathing Closet

The Duchess of York’s Bathing Closet

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The Closet

Danielle Bobker

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the courtly closet alliances in Memoirs of Count Grammont by the Anglo-Irish nobleman Anthony Hamilton. It focuses particularly on the seduction scene that was set in the Duchess of York's bathing closet. It also analyzes the setting of Hamilton's longest intrigue that shores up the elitism of his retrospective secret history by situating homoerotic desire within a tradition of competitive favoritism at Charles II's court, which he clearly admired. The chapter talks about the bathing closet that stands as Hamilton's reluctant acknowledgment that English absolutism, manuscript culture, and their unique modes of power-soaked intimacy were on the decline. It also points out how Hamilton inadvertently helped to launch a model of author–reader relations as a kind of inclusive virtual favoritism.

Keywords:   courtly closet, Memoirs of Count Grammont, Anthony Hamilton, bathing closet, seduction scene, homoerotic desire, favouritism, intimacy

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