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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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. We can also believe that the Duke does not care if a servant hears his noisy grunts as he indulges in sex with various women, or threatening his wife with exile.

A friend, the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan advised: I feel as though she could be a close friend. Lady Georgiana Carolina Carteret [18]. I was interested in the dynasty, and this biography proved to be a fascinating read, although a little dry in parts. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? He was a cruel and selfish man who paid her no attention. So I regarded Amanda Foreman’s bio of Georgiana Spencer with a skeptical eye, even after it won some award or other.

Book Review: Georgiana Duchess Of Devonshire By Amanda Foreman

I enjoyed every word, from the first page, to the last. One person found this helpful.

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Pollyanna, Heidi, and The Wond 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: She was involved with the who’s who of the late s.

The movie makes much of her love affair with future prime minister Charles Grey, which is rather understated devonxhire the book.

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

Her story seems to write itself, but that owes more to Foreman’s skill as a biographer than to the amount of history left behind. Picnic-makers and walkers alike are free to wander, walk or drive through, without charge. Surely Georgiana, the film pleads, must have the heart of a modern girl who just needs a bit of love and understanding. Between Caricature and Allegory in The book also richly details the social mores of the eighteenth century, as well as the lifestyle of the rich and famous of that era.

Indeed the first chapter ends in a nearby rented villa on their wedding day, where another woman, a milliner called Charlotte, was nursing the baby she had had by the Duke.

This is a stunning book about an astonishing woman. As was common among the aristocracy of her time, the duchess routinely gambled for leisure and amusement. Foreman’s descriptions of Georgiana’s uncontrollable gambling, all-night drinking, drug taking, and love affairs with the leading politicians of the day give us fascinating insight into the lives of the British aristocracy in the era of the madness of King George III, the American and French revolutions, and the defeat of Napoleon.


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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. At the time of her involvement, King George III who detested the Whigs [6] dsvonshire his ministers had a direct influence over the House of Commonsprincipally through their power of patronage.

John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville [23]. May 10, MAP rated it liked it Shelves: Double standards for men and women were taken for granted. Grey was supposed to be the great love of her life, with a passionate affair, but we’re really shown none of that.

After the death of the child’s mother, she was compelled to raise Charlotte herself. If melodrama is in the veins, then ofreman is of no surprise that the late Princess Diana was Georgiana’s great-great-grand niece.

Anyone who loves fashion and would like to know how fashion trends were invented, needs to read this book. Lady Anne Churchill [22]