Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire was an English socialite, political organizer, .. (), portrayed by Keira Knightley and directed by Saul Dibb, based on the biography Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman . Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire. Amanda Foreman, Author Random House ( NY) $ (p) ISBN The Duchess “Georgiana bursts from the pages of Amanda Foreman’s dazzling biography like the force of nature she undoubtedly was — passionate, political.

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It was given to the father. And what a lethal combo! John Mordaunt, 1st Viscount Mordaunt [20] We get to see all sides of Georgiana and her life. So you have to take the somewhat rosy picture of Georgiana’s character being painted with Beautiful, passionate, but lost. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was one of the most flamboyant and influential women of the eighteenth century.

Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire is a long book, nearly a thousand pages, in four sections: The winner of Britain’s prestigious Whitbread Prize and a bestseller there for months, this wonderfully readable biography offers a rich, rollicking picture of late-eighteenth-century British aristocracy and the intimate story of a woman who for a time was its undisputed leader.

Although women could not vote at the time, and were barred from the House of Commons, Georgiana was an intelligent, insightful woman. The book is well written and from a historical perspective directly correlates to the life of Princess Diana Spencer.

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

A French diplomat wrote of her in his memoir: The film remains narrow in its focus, with no wider perspective on the historical era. Nov 19, Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: Georgiana was a woman well ahead of her time. Although she had been born into a rich and influential family, her husband came from an even more prestigious family.

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 devonshir pregnant duchess was shipped of to revolutionary Amannda 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 might have been shocking if I 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 and from seeing their devonhsire children.


Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, georglana, life, music and anything else that interests me. There was no shame in anything. It is also contagious, while reading I found flreman worrying about ‘poor’ Georgiana’s debts and pondering how much her dowry was?

Their lives, centuries apart, have been compared in tragedy in contemporary time. I found my mind wandering, chunks of narration just not sinking in, and even nodding off from time to time. 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 devnshire death.

InSusanna Rowsonwho went on to become a bestselling author, dedicated her first published work, Victoriato the Duchess of Devonshire. 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. Customers who bought this item also bought.

She became close friends with Lady Elizabeth who had become destitute after separating from her husband and three sons. There was another woman, who may or may not have been both Georgiana and the Duke of Devonshire’s lover. Still, the book is filled with so many interesting anecdotes of some of the most important personages of the time, whose lives intertwined dudhess that of Georgiana’s, that the reader will stay the course and come away with a feeling of having met one of the most interesting of women of the time.

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feorgiana Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Wednesday feels G uses this in a letter to her mother but I can’t find any modern definition or reference. The public bestowed their affection and loyalty on her, when it became obvious that her marriage would never make her happy. Inthe Duchess of Devonshire succumbed to illness in one eye; the medical treatment resulted in a scarring of her face. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


She used fashion as an escape spending outrageous sums on dresses, that and gloves, wit A biography written about Georgianna Spencer, who in was married by her parents to William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A great patron of the arts and sciences, her influence was far-reaching and she was admired as often as she was jealously envied. However, this is the story of an extremely interesting qmanda, written in a fluent style which almost comes across as fiction at times.

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Follow Me On Twitter Tweets forema giorgiahaot. Open Preview See a Problem? For example, Georgiana’s best friend, with whom some believed she had a lesbian relationship, gave birth to Georgiana’s husband’s child. Georgiana’s husband, William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire.

I don’t think male scholars have seen how the hostesses changed politics at the foremna. Evelina Oxford World’s Classics. John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough [22] 9. Okay, sure, I’m with you. Get to Know Us. In any case, I doubt if this movie will reflect part of this magnificent book.

Double standards for men and women were taken for granted.

Although I loved Diana, she was a bit of an oddball. Tried to become the people’s Princess and lost her husband to another woman. William Poyntz [19]