This year's Whitbread Prize-winning biography presents a rich evocation of 18th-century London, revolving around Lady Georgiana Spencer, the great-great-great-great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales. 16 pages of photos.This year's Whitbread Prize-winning biography presents a rich evocation of 18th-century London, revolving around Lady Georgiana Spencer, the great-great-great-great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales. 16 pages of photos.Read Less
Color photo section. New. No Jacket Issued. Book CONDITION: UNREAD 2001 Modern Library trade paperback, 8th printing. Winner of the Whitbread Prize for Biography. B&W photos plus color photo section. Basis for the recent Keira Knightly movie. CONTENT: This is a wonderfully readable biography offers a rich, rollicking picture of late-eighteenth-century British aristocracy and the intimate story of a woman who for a time was its undisputed leader. Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day. In 1774, at the age of seventeen, Georgiana achieved immediate celebrity by marrying one of England's richest and most influential aristocrats, the Duke of Devonshire. 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. 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. Her good works and social exploits made her loved by the multitudes, but Georgiana's public success, like Diana's, concealed a personal life that was fraught with suffering. The Duke of Devonshire was unimpressed by his wife's legendary charms, preferring instead those of her closest friend, a woman with whom Georgiana herself was rumored to be on intimate terms. For over twenty years, the three lived together in a jealous and uneasy ménage à trois, during which time both women bore the Duke's children-as well as those of other men. 1 copy.
A great historical reading of the life of the duchess of devonshire. extremely accurate, insightful and full of well researched detail. My only problem with it is that it is a bit dry and dense at times as the detail is complete. This makes it more historical and just a bit less entertaining. the quality of writing is very good but not great
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