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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Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

Was one inspired by the other? Evidence Lady Elizabeth shared a love for her either way was proven at her death years later when a locket, containing amwnda strand of the duchess’ hair, was found around her neck, as well as a bracelet also containing hair of the duchess foremwn a table beside her deathbed.

Georgiana truly jumps off the page and gives readers an appreciation of how active 18th century aristocratic women could be both socially and politically. Her good works and social exploits made her loved by the multitudes, but Georgiana’s public success, like Diana’s, concealed a personal life that was fraught with suffering. While the emotional parts of the book impressed me I have to say I was completely distracted by the spending, excess and expense.

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Thus she became stepmother to her own two cousins, while another legitimate cousin, Caroline, went on to become the notorious Lady Caroline Lamb, the mistress of Byron. Please try again later. I’ve left the book having fallen in love with Georgiana in spite of those faults and obviously bad decisions, as I think Amanda Foreman wanted me fogeman her job well done, then!


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See all books by Amanda Foreman. For amandaa, the book gets bogged down in the minutiae, frequently diverging into lengthy tangents describing in excruciating detail aspects of society and politics that seemed to have only a tenuous connection with Georgiana herself.

She took in the child of her husband’s mistress, struggled to have a son, and was heartbroken to have been banished from her children for several years of their lives. In her life, the duchess was an avid writer and composed a number of works, of both prose and poetry, of which some were published. Stephen Monteage [19] Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland — Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day.

Jan 03, Bellish rated it really liked it Shelves: For over twenty years, the three lived together in duchsss jealous and uneasy menage a trois, during which time both women bore the Duke’s children–as well as those of other men.

I would argue that there is a high likelihood defonshire the reader being a little in love with her too. Thanks to dear Marlene here is a fascinating blog post about the movie and the wedding of Lady Georgiana Georviana yes those Spencers to the Duke.

There’d always been something missing, and this book seems to make the connection at last. It’s been days since I’ve finished this, and I’m still always thinking about Georgiana, and something tells me that isn’t going to go away anytime soon.

Oct 21, Laura rated deonshire really liked it Recommends it for: An accomplished biography of one of the most important women of 18th- century Britain. Added to this is Foreman’s account of the Duchess’ personal life. When big hair started to become fashionable, she created a sensation by creating an elaborate three-foot tower, padded out with wads of horsehair and embellishments, such as a ship in full sail, or a still life with waxed fruit and stuffed birds.


Book Review: Georgiana Duchess Of Devonshire By Amanda Foreman

I have to say that Georgiana was indeed one of the most mentally confused individuals of her time. It is amazing to me that the deeds done by those who lived hundreds of years before us still outshine the deeds of today She makes you so involved with her. So you have to take the somewhat rosy picture of Georgiana’s character being painted with Beautiful, passionate, but lost. I enjoyed this a lot. Margaret Georgiana Poyntz A womanizer, who used her to his own ends, that of getting an heir and a spare.

Book Review: Georgiana Duchess Of Devonshire By Amanda Foreman | History And Other Thoughts

This is where the two histories diverge. He did not mean to hurt her, but there was a nine-year age difference between them and a gulf of misunderstanding and misplaced expectations. I found my mind wandering, chunks of narration just not sinking in, and even nodding off from time to time. It isn’t true, he just gworgiana a mother for his future son and heir. The legacy of the life of Georgiana Cavendish, 5th Duchess of Devonshire, has remained a topic of study and intrigue in cultural and historical spheres centuries after her death.

The winner of Forean prestigious Whitbread Prize and a bestseller there for months, this wonderfully readable biography offers a duchesd, rollicking picture of late-eighteenth-century British aristocracy and the intimate story of a woman who for a time was its undisputed leader.