The Siege of Blenheim, or the New System of GUNNING Discover'd

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The Siege of Blenheim, or the New System of GUNNING Discover'd (1791) is one of many caricaturized renderings of the "Gunningiad" scandal, in which Elizabeth Gunning forged love-letters with the help of her mother to prompt a marriage offer from her cousin; General Gunning turned both mother and daughter out of house. Equating husband-searching with failed war stratagem (particularly appropriate to the military statuses of the families involved in the scandal), the overarching conceit figures the females in traditionally masculine power positions in order to satirize the overzealous and unethical entrepreneurial pursuit of an advantageous marriage.