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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View all 4 comments. There are also a ton of fabulous illustrations and copies of paintings.

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Georgiana is a fascinating person, but this book is just too long and too chalked full of facts. She was given into such an arranged marriage. While the Lords sat in the chamber known as the Upper House, or the House of Lords, their younger brothers, sons, and nephews filled up most of the Lower House, known as the House of Commons.

Lady Harriet Elizabeth Cavendishcalled “Harryo”, who would become Countess Granville and also have children of her own. Georgiana’s husband, William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire.

She is married with five children and lives in both New York and London. Both married men who had a mistress to provide love and were looking for a wife to finish their appearance, both men required a legitimate heir. May 03, Madeline rated it liked it Shelves: Perhaps my weariness with this one was exacerbated by the fact that I do not have a pre-existing particular interest in this period or Georgiana.


View all 7 comments. At the time of her involvement, King George III who detested the Whigs [6] and his ministers had a direct influence over the House of Commonsprincipally through their power of patronage.

And it’s all true!! Also, Georgiana is a great-great-etc aunt of Georrgiana Diana, which kind of blew my mind. She had some Victorian descendants who, due to being Victorian, took it upon themselves to clean up their ancestor’s image by censoring or even destroying any letters that openly discussed Georgiana’s numerous affairs.

Want to Read saving…. To say this woman led a fascinating life is an understatement.

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The idea being that women carried on separate lives largely invisible to men. While the emotional parts of the book impressed me I have to say I was completely distracted by the spending, excess and expense.

So you have to take the somewhat rosy picture of Georgiana’s character being painted with Beautiful, passionate, but lost.

Alicia Meynell Book Review: In a visit to France inGeorgiana had become intimately acquainted with Marie Antoinette and the Duchesse de Polignac. Although by modern standards, this story may seem scandalous, there is no evidence that Georgiana, Bess and the Duke of Devonshire were not all perfectly happy with their arrangement. Customers who bought this item also bought. However, I do find that I am falling in love with Georgiana, as well. She actively campaigned for candidates, something previously unheard of for a gekrgiana in the 18th century.

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John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville [23]. Do you recognise this person? All in all I found it very dry going.

Lady Elizabeth’s affair with the Duke resulted in two illegitimate children: Her father, who had always shown affection to his children, wrote to her, “My Dearest Georgiana, I did not know till lately how much I loved you; I miss you more every day and every hour. Georgiana was the most accomplished social hostess of In reality, it is actually worse.

Subscription or UK public library membership required. In another comic scene Georgiana, slightly the worse for drink, staggers into the candles in the ballroom, and her huge starched wig catches fire. Reading this book was an exercise in misery.

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