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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The spouses also had little in common. The wedding took place at Wimbledon Parish Church. I predict a great future for Amanda Foreman. In ‘s the population of Great Britain was approx. While in exile in France in the early s, the Duchess georgianw Devonshire suffered from isolation and felt her separation from her children.

However, it is thought more likely that Briscoe may have qmanda as an intermediary between the Duchess of Devonshire and her publisher, so that the duchess could keep her anonymity. Combining those into a glittering salon for the wealth A pretty girl from a titled, extremely wealthy family is sold off to an older man with an even more aristocratic title and loads more money as a brood mare.

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I am pleased to have read a reliable, well-researched biography of this remarkable woman. All the peers were entitled by birth to sit in the House of Lords, and members of parliament often their friends and relatives would sit in the House of Commons.

Georgiana has been dead for over years, but the author brings her to life. Journalist Foreman, whose work is based on her doctoral research at Oxford, has written a ddvonshire account of the Ancestors of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire It would be another hundred years before women once more ventured boldly into street politics as Georgiana had not been afraid to do in George III and his prime minister William Pitt were furious that Georgiana had tempted the vain, idle Prince of Wales into her inner circle, thereby enabling her later to save the fragile Whig coalition government from collapsing: I hate those peeking-through-the window salacious bios that just go on and on about who was sleeping with whom.


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However, I will say that she did have some less desirable qualities that manage to make me angry. It begins with the moment when Georgiana receives the marriage proposal, and ends with her return to the Duke after the end of her affair with Charles Grey and the birth of their illegitimate daughter. Not content with the role of society hostess, she used her connections to enter politics, eventually becoming more influential than most of the deovnshire who held office.

Princess Diana, over 30 years ago, was the last aristocrat to marry into royalty, all the others were ordinary middle-class people.

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Normally I’m ggeorgiana with political backstory, but in this case it isn’t backstory, it’s the entire book. This was a very interesting book because I enjoyed reading it but I did not enjoy the subject matter.

But – Georgiana’s only son never married or had children, despite many mistresses. She is married with doreman children and lives in both New York and London. A womanizer, who used her to his own ends, that of getting an heir and a spare. Generations of Spencers yes, the same family that also brought us Princess Diana destroyed many of her correspondences amanad censored parts that could have been embarrassing to them later.

The woman is destitute and has nowhere to live aristocratic women do not consider working or living in anything less that a grand house with a domestic staff and so Georgiana takes her in.

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

As she grows a little more mature she discovers twin passions – fashion and politics, which being a woman, she can only comment on, not vote or act herself. A good, very thorough biography of a fascinating woman – Foreman is lucky to have had access to hundreds of letters written by Georgiana and her colleagues, so we get to see the historical figures telling their stories in their own words something I’m not used to, being more fond of Tudor-era history.


Please try again later. Maybe it’s because as the author described it, “the eighteenth-century. She was the queen of the haute ton, an eighteenth century IT girl and so much more. Thanks to dear Marlene here is a fascinating blog post about the movie and the wedding of Lady Georgiana Spencer yes those Spencers to the Duke.

There are also a ton of fabulous illustrations and copies of paintings. Added to this is Foreman’s account of the Duchess’ personal life. The book has plenty of Georgiana’s correspondence, pictures and newspapers of that time giving engraving details of her life.

In the first years of her marriage, she accumulated debts that surpassed the 4, pounds that the duke provided her annually as pin money. And she takes Georgiana’s husband in. Longmans Green and Co. Stephen Poyntz [19] Truly an amazing historical figure and in however she may have shamed her relatives and counterparts in the ‘s, she would be a woman of great importance and admiration in today’s society when dealing with politics and fashion. Georgiana was a terrible gambler and was in debt for millions of pounds she borrowed money widely to attempt to service her gambling debts, including from Richard Arkwright view spoiler [ of Spinning Jenny fame, if you remember her hide spoiler ]in fact everybody who was anybody seemed to be head over heels in gambling debts – the psychological state of the nation must have been frightful.

While it was common for male members of the upper class to have mistresses, it was not common or generally acceptable for a mistress to live so openly with a married couple.