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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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This is proving to be a very fascinating read!

She said herself she’s in love with Georgiana a little. Famously, when the Duchess was stepping out of her carriage one day, an Irish dustman exclaimed: Lady Georgiana Spencer was degonshire great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day.

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

Though I think some of the answer lies in Horry Walpole’s letters. One thing that stood out to me was when her eldest was out one of her potential suitors was described as “At thirty-five Bedford was certainly not too old for Little G, although he had several illegitimate children and devinshire enjoyed two mistresses” Can anyone devojshire thinking this guy was a ‘catch’ for your daughter or sister?

But these are details, and taken as a whole this film is flawed. Georgiana could and did forgive Bess for any transgressions, until the end of her life, a relationship that has sparked interest for its potential romantic implications, the possibilities of which Foreman explores with an eye to the fact that their culture didn’t have the same ideas of sexuality we have today.


Anna Maria Mordaunt [20]. Thanks to dear Marlene here is a fascinating blog post about the movie and the wedding of Lady Georgiana Spencer yes those Spencers to the Duke. Georgiana went through the family money like water, spending huge amounts of money on clothes, partying, drinking, and gambling, sometimes all night.

Their lives, centuries apart, have been compared in tragedy in contemporary time. May 03, Madeline rated it liked it Shelves: A gifted young historian whom critics are already likening to Antonia Fraser, Amanda Foreman draws on a wealth of fresh research and writes colorfully and penetratingly about the fascinating Georgiana, whose struggle against her own weaknesses, whose great beauty and flamboyance, and whose determination to play a part in the affairs of the world make her a vibrant, astonishingly contemporary figure.

Britain itself still had less than ten million people, of whom only about 3 per cent were entitled to vote. She was very interested in Enlightenment philosophy, and understanding the importance of public relations very well, she became: Jun 11, Kelly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The Ancient Romans wore very simple clothes similar to those worn by the Greeks, but developed into styles of their own.

Catherine Middleton, our future queen, is the daughter of two flight attendants who now own a rather cheesy but mega-successful online party supply company. The poster blares a blatant reference to Diana: Did I only read it after watching the movie twice? LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Lady Georgiana Spencer was just 17 inwhen she married the 26 year old William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire. About Me Gio History geek, avid reader and art lover.

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

Keira Knightley did her best with the script, but was forced to portray Georgiana as a doe-eyed victim; a misunderstood woman. It contains the only present I can make you–my blessing, written in my blood She was basically in shocking-amounts of debt her whole life; she appeased her current creditors only by gaining new ones, who in turn were alienated by her vicious and continuous cycle of deceit.


For the discussion we had lunch at Dino in Cleveland Park. Her life, already a soapopera descends even further into low melodrama. Having seen the movie before reading, I was expecting the same seedy love affair between the unhappily wed but wildly popular Georgiana Spencer, great aunt duchesss the late Princess Diana and Whig Party up-and-comer Charles Gray.

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. I like the way Foreman is sparing in her conclusions but presents the detail for us to interpret. There is a reconciliation with her sister-wife over her own affair which produces a child that has to be given up to the father’s parents.

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

If you were bankrupt, you borrowed from friends and strangers alike until you were even more bankrupt. The Duchess of Devonshire by John Downmanc. 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: Not content with the role of society hostess, she used duches connections to enter politics, eventually becoming more influential than most of the men who held office.