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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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.

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This was a book, that I would like to have loved, but ultimately, it did not cut the mustard, pass the port, or lead in the quadrille.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. 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.

Infuriated, Lady Elizabeth brought back up her affair with the 5th Duke of Devonshire by publicly announcing he had sired her illegitimate children.

Keira Knightley did her best with the script, but was forced to portray Georgiana as a doe-eyed victim; foremaj misunderstood woman. Books by Amanda Foreman. Jun 11, Kelly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The Trial of Capt. You cheer for ruchess and in the end? John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough [22] 9. Margaret Georgiana Poyntz Fascism is a complex and controversial subject. This is proving to be a very fascinating read!


Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

In that the duke could have mistresses and bastards but it was a scandal when the duchess did with earl grey, of earl grey tea fame the pregnant duchess was shipped of to revolutionary France to have a baby in secret fortunately the playwright Sheridan was a Whig and in Georgiana’s pocket figuratively speaking view spoiler [ hide spoiler ] Marital relations could be very bad, with brutal and domineering husbands – this devomshire have been shocking if Georgianna hadn’t read Castle Rackrent but in short, wives were arbitrarily locked up, pressed for moneys subjected to violence, forceably separated from their children, and even banned from being in the same country amanva from seeing their own children.

Retrieved 23 March I had high expectations, which I am glad to report were not disappointed. Yes, all of those things are true, but I’m happy to report that Georgiana Cavendish now stands on her own in my mind as the fascinating and semi-tragic figure that she was. To ask other readers questions about Georgianaplease sign up.

Just a moment while we sign gerogiana in to your Goodreads account. Longmans Green and Co. She is a scholar who matches her learning to a sense of adventure and writes with engaging vitality.

Book Review: Georgiana Duchess Of Devonshire By Amanda Foreman

The book is meticulously researched and uses many letters to and from the Duchess to share innermost feelings and actions. This year has been the most painful of my life.

The tidbits of rumor and innuendo thrown in by Forman helped to make this biography very readable. She used fashion as an escape spending outrageous sums on dresses, that and gloves, with all the women in London following suit.

Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman 1 2 Mar 20, Inwhile on a retreat from London with the duke, the duchess met Lady Elizabeth Foster widely known as “Bess” in the City of Bath.


I speak politically, financially and sexually The politics are the other issue – in a nutshell, they are boring as fuck. The Duke of Devonshire was unimpressed by his wife’s legendary charms, preferring instead those of her closest friend, a woman with whom Georgiana herself was rumored to be on intimate terms.

On the subject of interlocking spheres I forgot to mention Georgiana’s relationship with Mr Coutts.

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William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire m. The Whigs supported the American Revolution against the crown and felt that they were the spokesmen for the ‘rights of man’. There are those who condemn it, there are even those who admire it and Mussolini can’t This one definitely was “well done” and delved into aspects of her life before the fame and in her later life that the commercial movie which I also loved never touched on.

But Foreman doesn’t falter in the tale though, and neither does she pore with salacious enjoyment over the detail. She once reached out to her mother, begging for a sum of pounds and complaining to her of jaundice.

I can’t understand why history, or this Oxford author, would set this weak, delusional woman up on a pillar just because she threw great parties and was influential in politics.

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.