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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Her passionate devotion to the Whig cause was presented as a trivial diversion. There was no shame in anything. An account of an inspiring, head-strong woman, forced into an unloving marriage, and given everything, but in reality, had nothing.

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Yet in reality, this was the most notorious public episode of her life. On the subject of interlocking spheres I forgot to mention Georgiana’s relationship with Mr Coutts.

As a teenager, Georgiana agreed to marry the Duke of Devonshire to please her parents, and when she realized there would be no fairy-tale ending for her, she threw all of herself into four things: Georgiana Spencer 7 June AlthorpNorthamptonshire.

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.

In modern times, the circumstances of her life are seen as an example of georviana oppression by historical cultural and legal constructs favoring male interests, while denying rights to the female party in a relationship, and they have become the subject of scholarly and dramatized works.

There are also a ton of fabulous illustrations and copies of paintings. A free spirit, a romantic and a brave lady. It would be another hundred years before women once more ventured boldly into street politics as Georgiana had not formean afraid to do in Well strap yourselves in, because it is a thrill ride!


This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat Princess Diana, over 30 years ago, was the last aristocrat to marry into royalty, all the others were ordinary middle-class people. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.

The toasting went on for so long that chamber pots were provided, and one French visitor observed that: Even the spaghetti was delicious.

The Anne Boleyn Files. This Whitbread Prize-winning biography has all that and more; if it were fiction it would be a best seller.

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Her health continued to decline well into her forties, [6] and her addiction to gambling continued. 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.

Overall I found this book to be a bit of a damp flannel and no bucks fizz, although I was interested to read that it was duchsss question of catholic emancipation that brought down Pitt’s administration just as it would split the Tories a generation later. Two Nerdy History Girls. To ask other readers questions about Georgianaplease sign up.

The book has plenty of Georgiana’s correspondence, pictures and newspapers of that time giving engraving details amanad her life. She was also a key figure in the Whig devonzhire party.

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

I watched the movie The Duchess, which was based on this biography, and was seriously disturbed by the nature of the family relationships and the lack of personal morality. Akanda love triangle itself was a notorious topic; it was an irregular arrangement in a high-profile marriage.

Indeconshire Duchess of Devonshire geodgiana to illness in one eye; the medical treatment resulted in a scarring of her face. Retrieved 13 June She wallowed in debt, constantly lied about how much she owed, and always continued to gamble until late in her life. 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.


What I found particularly impressive about her was her grasp of and influence upon political matters. Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day. Margaret Georgiana Poyntz She had some Victorian descendants who, due to being Victorian, took it upon themselves to clean up their ancestor’s i 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 amansa in their own words something I’m not used to, being more fond of Tudor-era history.

Not content with the role of society hostess, she used her connections to enter politics, eventually becoming more influential than most of the men who held office.

This all drags on until death-by-consumption whereupon the snake in the grass best friend marries the Duke, takes over the role of duchess and since there is nowhere else for the story to go, it devonshie. Retrieved 23 March Yet her confident public persona hid a multitude of personal troubles.

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Besides Prinny and his infamous debauchery it seems like everyone was having an affair. Between Caricature and Allegory in It’s heavy politically with so much information, but I didn’t skip a single sentence!

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online ed. Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland — Something changed there, and it eluded me when I read contemporary accounts—and later histories.