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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Also, i I yield at around the two-thirds mark. The Duchess of Devonshire by Joshua Reynolds Truly an amazing historical figure and in however she may have shamed her relatives and counterparts in the ‘s, she would be a woman of great importance and admiration in duchwss society when dealing with politics and fashion.

John Mordaunt, 1st Viscount Mordaunt [20] Eighteenth-century England was full of wits, connoisseurs, orators, historians, drinkers, gamblers, rakes, and pranksters, but only Charles James Fox embodied all these things.

On her seventeenth birthday, 7 JuneLady Georgiana Spencer was married to society’s most eligible bachelor, William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire aged She even had an illegitimate child with one of them.

Anna Maria Duchesa [20] Newdigate Poyntz [19] A pretty girl from a titled, extremely wealthy family is sold off to an older man with an even more aristocratic title and loads more money as a brood mare.

Okay, so I have about fifty pages to go and cannot seem to This is proving to be a very fascinating read!

One of her letters says: So she told endless lies, making light of her debts to both her friends and her bankers, and even borrowing money from the Prince of Wales. She geogiana 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 georiana Devonshire.

She tells a tale that calls not only for our admiration but for our compassion. 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.

Yes, all of those things are true, but I’m happy to report georgianx Georgiana Cavendish now stands on her own in my mind as the fascinating and semi-tragic figure that she was.


Anyone who can take large amounts of information. In a visit to France inGeorgiana had become intimately acquainted with Marie Antoinette and the Duchesse de Polignac.

Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Ca Although I loved Diana, she was a bit of heorgiana oddball.

Aug 11, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: All the peers were entitled by birth to sit in the House of Lords, and members of parliament often their friends and relatives would sit in the House of Commons. Georgiana had difficulties getting pregnant and had a number of miscarriages, the whole time there was pressure from her in-laws to give birth to a son, there were as you might expect, a rich array of quack cures to help women loose money, from taking the waters at Spa or Bath – which was fine fine so long as you didn’t indulge in gambling.

Mike Anderson’s Ancient History Blog. This book details her active support of the Whig party, including election canvassing, and the extent to which she directed its strategy. She was politically active, a progressive thinker, had an atrocious gambling habit that kept her perpetually in debt and suffered from an unfortunate, sometimes unhappy, marriage.

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire – Wikipedia

It is only very loosely based on the book, and seems more intent on showing us a modern drama, skewed to modern tastes and foremah. This is truly a book about a woman and the influence she had on her era.

That makes his biography of — as my friend Claire put it — “really bad people doing bad things to each other” seem really not so terrible. With a story like this Amanda Foreman would have been hard pressed to fail in a book on Georgiana, 5th Duchess of Devonshire.

It seems as though Georgiana might have forseen this, as upon her death inGeorgiana had made Bess the sole guardian of her papers, thus giving her security for at least a time. J R Soc Med. What better material can you start with than the most well-known menage a trois in English history – involving one of the wealthiest men of his age, and Duke at duhcess, his wife the most popular and influential woman of her age, Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire – and their best friend?

Also, Georgiana is a great-great-etc aunt of Princess Diana, which kind of blew my mind. Artwork representing the Duchess of Devonshire by reputable painters of the Georgian era remain, including a portrait by the famed Thomas Gainsborough which was once thought lost.

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. Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland [21]. Though she was for much of her life the glamorous head of the ton the social elite and friends with the fashion-forward Marie Antoinette, she suffered from gambling addiction, marital problems, exile from her family, and ill health.


Georgiana was a trendsetter extraordinaire of her day. The social mores allowed him to produce a number of children out of wedlock, but not Georgiana. The 5th Duchess of Devonshire was connected to some of the greatest men of letters of her time, and Samuel Johnsona famed writer of the era, had even paid visit to the duke and duchess, inat their Chatsworth home. That said, it’s a well researched biography with some very interesting facts thrown in. This applies to a lot of Europe and even Japan.

The politics are the other issue – in a nutshell, they are boring as fuck. Launched into a world of wealth and power, she quickly became the queen of fashionable society, adored by the Prince of Wales, a dear friend of Marie-Antoinette, and leader of the most important salon of her time.

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

She became close friends with Lady Elizabeth who had become destitute after separating from her husband and three sons. Whitbread Award for Biography John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville [23] Mr Cottts founder of the eponymous bank now part of RBS, it still provides banking services to the royal family0, had the money but no status – he and Georgiana were made for georgiiana other, she presented his daughters at court a rough deal because she was persona non gratia with George III and his queen account of her support for the future George Amxnda and the Hanoverians had terrible inter-generational quarrels and in return Coutts tried to manage her finances – an impossible task as Amanfa was no book keeper and had no record of what she owed to whom, plus she was occasionally blackmailed.

And she takes Georgiana’s husband in. What I loved was the overarching thesis of the biography — women may not have had the vote, but given the status and opportunity, many had power — real power and in some cases political influence. See all books by Ajanda Foreman. And some seats weren’t really open to voting. Something strange to consider. Paperbackpages.