Fifteen years after the publication of Amanda Foreman’s biography, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and five years after Saul Dibb’s movie. The winner of Britain’s prestigious Whitbread Prize and a bestseller there for months, this wonderfully readable biography offers a rich, rollicking picture She won the Whitbread Award for Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. ” Georgiana bursts from the pages of Amanda Foreman’s dazzling biography like the force of. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess .
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Worth noting that, in my opinion, the book is a polar opposite to the film, which Georfiana thought to be mindless, mildly entertaining fluff, when I watched it a few years ago. Multiple times she would go to the Duke and ‘confess’ her debts, but never in full, one of these admissions had her threatened with permanent separation.
With her renowned beauty and character, alongside her marriage to the affluent and powerful Duke of Devonshire, the duchess enjoyed preeminence in society and was a high emblem of the era. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.
Frances Worsley  On the subject of interlocking spheres I forgot to mention Georgiana’s relationship with Mr Coutts. Capitalism in the Roman Republic 5 months ago. A Web of English History. To say this woman led a fascinating life is an understatement. Although I loved Diana, she was a bit of an oddball. I like me a good historical biography, and my mother has plenty to lend me, but this isn’t a period I am usually interested in. A good choice of read for sure!
Foreman’s descriptions of Georgiana’s uncontrollable gambling, all-night drinking, drug taking, and love affairs with the leading politicians of the day give us fascinating insight into the lives of the British aristocracy in the era of the madness of King George III, the American and French revolutions, and the defeat forwman Napoleon.
The love triangle itself was a notorious topic; it was an irregular arrangement in a high-profile marriage. The Anne Boleyn Files.
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
Retrieved 13 June Foreman belongs to a breed of historians who attempt to re-write history to make our century’s sins just inclusive on a pattern. CAn’t wait to finish it! The title of the biography and the jacket blurb would lead one to believe that Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire is about Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. The politics are the other issue – in a nutshell, they are boring as fuck.
Return to Book Page. The Duke controlled 11 seats as that the georguana would buy up the houses of ‘eligible voters’ until they ‘owned a seat’ and essentially appointed the MP.
Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire – Wikipedia
The leaders of the Whig party, Georgiana’s political friends, were brilliant but flawed. Yet her confident public persona hid a multitude of personal troubles. She was a vulnerable woman who lived the life of an icon.
It is also contagious, while reading I found myself worrying duchses ‘poor’ Georgiana’s debts and pondering how much her dowry was? This book details her active support of the Whig party, including election canvassing, and the extent to which she directed its strategy. Georgiana had a crippling gambling addiction that did much to ruin her happiness. However, because the duke’s high position in the peerage disallowed him from participating so commonly in politics, the duchess took it as a positive outlet for herself.
During the general election ofthe duchess became a major subject of scrutiny. Lewis Mordaunt  Did I only own it because it has Keira Knightley on the cover?
It is only very loosely based on the book, and seems georgiaja intent on showing us a modern drama, skewed to modern tastes and preconceptions. Retrieved 25 June This is truly a book about a woman and the influence she had on her era.
I just watched the movie based amqnda this book, starring Keira Knightly. Since her husband had moved his mistress into the home, to her great humiliation, they no longer amamda as man and wife.
Jenny Lynn Yes, the duchess is about this woman, Georgiana. A fascinating biography of an extraordinary lady – highly recommended. John Spencer  Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day.