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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If you were bankrupt, you borrowed from friends and strangers alike until you were even more bankrupt. View all 3 comments. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Launched devonsnire 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. That is a snooze fest. May 03, Madeline rated it liked it Shelves: This applies to a lot of Europe and even Japan.

Perhaps my weariness with this one was exacerbated by the fact that I do revonshire have a pre-existing particular interest in this period or Georgiana. So I regarded Amanda Foreman’s bio of Georgiana Spencer with a skeptical eye, even after it won some award or other. Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, was charming, intelligent and creative; she was the leader of high society in late 18th-century London; she was an author and an amateur scientist.

Her self-esteem became so low that she endured periods of loneliness and depression, and was occasionally subject to cycles fo starvation and binge eating.

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It is also contagious, while reading I found myself worrying about ‘poor’ Georgiana’s debts and pondering how much her dowry was? Georgiana went through the family money like water, spending huge amounts of money on clothes, partying, drinking, and gambling, sometimes all night. See all books by Amanda Foreman. Burke’s Peerage Genealogical Books Ltd. Georgiana set English society on its ear during her years as Duchess.

Anyone who can take large amounts of information. Although she had been born into a rich and influential family, her husband came from an even more prestigious family. Do you feel what it is for me to be separated from you?


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Sir Robert Worsley, 4th Baronetof Appuldurcombe [24]. Lady Georgiana Carolina Carteret [18] Anyone who loves fashion and would like to know how fashion trends were invented, needs to read this book. On her seventeenth birthday, 7 JuneLady Georgiana Spencer was married to society’s most eligible bachelor, William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire aged The amands is well written and from a historical perspective directly correlates to the life of Princess Diana Spencer.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Foreman covers Georgiana’s virtues and faults, as well as those of the people around her who played so key a role in shaping her, making this book an excellent portrait of Georgiana’s life; perhaps as close a portrait as we’ll get – Foreman tells us that her contemporaries didn’t quite agree that the paintings done of her did her justice.

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 amandaa waters at Spa or Bath – which was fine fine so long as you didn’t indulge in gambling.

While in exile in France in the early s, the Duchess of Devonshire suffered from isolation and felt her separation from her children.

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

Despite her unhappiness with her detached and philandering husband and volatile marriage, the duchess, as per the custom of the day, was not socially permitted to take a lover without first having produced an heir. I would argue that there is a high likelihood of the reader being a little in love with her too.

She did ridiciulous, stupid things, and the author is a little bit overly tolerant of these mistakes. He was by far one of the richest and most influential aristocrats of the day. Where was the life Harryo was raised to attain?

She once reached out to her mother, begging for a sum of pounds and complaining to her of jaundice. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I confess, though this book has extraordinary detail and research about Georgiana’s political activities, I found her personal life far more fascinating. 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. View all 7 comments. For the rest of her life the duchess continued to amass an immense, ever escalating debt that she always tried to keep hidden from her husband even though he was among the richest men in the landand while she would admit to some amount, it was always less than the total, which even she could not keep up with.


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 that, his wife the most popular and influential woman of her age, Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire – and their best friend?

Confessions of a Ci-Devant. Her absence from English society and exile in France had isolated the duchess and was a low point for her in every respect; she returned to England a “changed woman”.

As part of her illustrious social engagements, she would gather around her a large salon of literary and political figures. A womanizer, who used her to his own ends, that of getting an heir and a spare.

There are those who condemn it, there are even those who admire it and Mussolini can’t That makes his biography of — as my friend Claire put it — “really bad people doing amandx things to each other” seem really not so terrible. A shy English teenager, she blossomed after she was catapulted to fame by marrying an older, wealthier man.

She was a patron of both the sciences and the arts; an amateur chemist and amadna, an accomplished musician, poet and novelist. Someone I want to protect on one hand, and someone I want to slap upside the head on the other! Nobody I’ve read has seen that! The Trial of Capt.