Letter: In Brief

Sir: Having just finished reading Amanda Foreman's biography of the Duchess of Devonshire, I must take issue with Natasha Walter's assertion that such authors "do not want to question received opinion" ("The seductions of the past", 30 August). Amanda Foreman explains that she is challenging the views of women's role in politics in the late 18th century put forward by political and feminist historians. I find a carefully made and evidentially based case far more satisfying than history written from a particular "perspective".


Abingdon, Oxfordshire