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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You’ll need a baseball score card to keep track of the romantic entangl Georgiana was a trendsetter extraordinaire of her day. This Whitbread Prize-winning biography has all that and more; if it were fiction it would be a best seller. Very political, very sexual not in a broad sense but with underlying tones. But, while I’ve enjoyed much of the endeavors of more recent female scholars what I get hold of, which I know is a minescule portion of What’s Out Therethe separate spheres concept made me increasingly impatient.

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.

Nov 19, Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoyed every word, from the first page, to the last. There were peers of whom 28 were the highest ranking, Dukes. There were multiple handsome men who entered and exited Georgiana’s life. Alicia Meynell Book Review: She sought further personal consolation from a “dissipated existence” [7] in passions socializing, fashion, politics, writingaddictions gambling, drinking, and drugsand affairs with a number of men, not just Grey, possibly including the bachelor Duke of Dorset.

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She had some Victorian descendants who, due to being Victorian, took it upon themselves to clean up their ancestor’s image by censoring or even destroying any letters that openly discussed Georgiana’s numerous affairs. I love you dearly. Mr Cottts founder of the eponymous bank now part of RBS, it still provides banking services to the royal family0, had the money but no status – he and Georgiana were made for each other, she presented his daughters at court a rough deal because she was persona non gratia with George III and his queen account of her support for the future George IV and the Hanoverians had terrible inter-generational quarrels and in return Coutts tried to manage her finances – an impossible task as Georgiana was no book keeper and had no record of what she owed to whom, plus she was occasionally blackmailed.


She tells a tale that calls not only for our admiration but for our compassion. From inside the book. Her marriage may have been doomed from the start: A friend, the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan advised: Everything she did, said and wore became news.

This time it was the cabinet, unaware of the negotiations, which vetoed the idea. But the concept itself sort of hangs there, forcing an artificial view on readers just as the old style of history did, in which women weren’t mentioned much at all, unless they were queens or famous courtesans.

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It travesties her very real political influence, making a simplistic point about the lack of political rights for females. Once she had produced the future sixth Duke of Devonshire her husband would no longer be barred from borrowing money against the estate. Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century. It’s not candycoated historical fiction, it is a really exacting portrayal of Georgiana. A fascinating biography of an extraordinary lady – highly recommended. She was a degenerate gambler and was constantly in debt.

In modern times, the circumstances of her life are seen as an example of female oppression by historical cultural and legal constructs favoring male interests, drvonshire denying rights to the female party in a relationship, and they have become the subject of scholarly and dramatized works. Journalist Foreman, whose work is based on her doctoral research at Oxford, has written a lively account of the The politics are the other issue – in a nutshell, they are boring as fuck.

I strongly recommend reading this right after coming off of a novel about a serial killer that murders people by breaking their bones. What I as a modern person found profoundly ironic was that these were the limousine liberals of their day. Did I only own it because it amand Keira Knightley on the cover? This biography is truly a gem. The building itself is a lavish pile, with extravagantly ornate Baroque furnishings and heavy use of gilt on all the surfaces, and the grounds, landscaped by Capability Brown, are breathtaking, gentle grassy slopes, with a lake, mature trees, and cultivated areas.


She did ridiciulous, stupid things, and the author is a little bit overly tolerant of these mistakes. The separate spheres view of life in the 18th century in particular was probably necessary in order to shift perceptions of what was important to dig out of attics and archives and study. Her mother pleaded with her to step down, but the duchess was not daunted and was adamant in her activism. What I loved was the overarching thesis of the biography — women may not have had the vote, but given the status and opportunity, many had power — real power georgizna in some cases political influence.

Embarrassing herself not only dychess home but also at social events. There have been a number of books on her over the years, the publication of her letters to Lady Elizabeth Foster. It was in fact written by Rowley Lascelles, smanda on a Swiss tour in One of the things that I’ve been wondering about for years was the shift in Whig politics during the s and 80s; these wealthy landowners who favored the Revolution to the extent of adopting the Colonists’ colors of buff and blue.

Did I only decide to read it now because I’m going to Chatsworth next month and felt like it was now-or-never? In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. As a teenager, Georgiana agreed to marry the Duke of Devpnshire to please her parents, and when she realized there duchhess be no fairy-tale ending for her, she threw all of herself into four things: Since William usually looked elsewhere for his sexual pleasures, Georgiana had to do something about it.

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This is a well-written history, but it failed to really capture my attention. This applies to a lot of Europe and even Japan.

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. 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 fantastic, in depth look at a classy lady. Your weekend send-off 5 years ago.