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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Although I loved Diana, she was a bit of an oddball. Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. The upper classes seek now, as always, to marry their daughters into an even ‘higher’ family, the closer to royalty the more socially successful the marriage.

Everything she did, said and wore became news. She was a patron of both the sciences and the arts; an amateur chemist and mineralogist, an accomplished musician, poet and novelist.

James’sLondon and raised his children there. Though I think some of the answer lies in Horry Walpole’s letters. A better description would be that it serves as a text book that relies on over thirty reference pages. The debutante was presented inand the duchess saw her daughter wed Lord Morpeth, the heir apparent of the Earl of Carlisle, in ; it was the first and only time the Duchess of Devonshire saw one of her issue marry.

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Her marriage may have been doomed from the start: Georgiana was a terrible gambler and was in debt for millions dsvonshire pounds she borrowed money widely to attempt to service her gambling debts, veorgiana from Richard Arkwright view spoiler [ of Spinning Jenny fame, if you remember her hide spoiler ]in fact everybody who was anybody seemed to be head over heels in gambling debts – the psychological state of the nation must have been frightful.

Her insight and instincts were spot on.


I confess, though this book has extraordinary detail and research about Georgiana’s political activities, I found her personal life far more fascinating. In modern times, the circumstances of her life are seen as an example of female oppression by historical cultural and legal constructs favoring male interests, while denying rights to the female party in a relationship, and they have become the subject georgkana scholarly and dramatized works.

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

Beautiful, passionate, but lost. In another comic scene Georgiana, slightly the worse for drink, staggers into the candles devonhire the ballroom, and her huge starched georgiiana catches fire. So you have to take the somewhat rosy picture of Georgiana’s character being painted with Beautiful, passionate, but lost.

The rise of the industrial revolution, the rise in England’s population – and og espeically the rise in the population of England’s few cities. He was as unlike his father as a son could be – he fought slavery, rebuilt the houses and villages of the poor on his lands, and took a great interest in fruit production: Georgiana canvassed the streets for the Whig candidate, Charles James Fox, and was pilloried by the press for her efforts.

Georgiana was a woman well ahead 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.

This biography is truly a gem. Change was rife, fashion extreme and politics were a game that many noble women could play – Georgiana led them all. If you are looking for further reading on Georgiana, I think Brian Masters book is excellent and still in print. 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. However, because the duke’s high position in the peerage disallowed him from participating so commonly in politics, the duchess took it as a positive outlet for herself.

Not that this was an era of marital fidelity. There have been a number of books on her over the years, the publication of her letters to Lady Elizabeth Foster.


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And one of the brightest stars among them, was the Duchess of Devonshire. 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. The Whigs were great landowners who contested the power of the crown which at that time sat rather uneasily on the head of the increasingly insane George III and who supported the American War of Independence.

Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Ca She tells a tale that calls not only for our admiration but for our compassion. It’s not candycoated historical fiction, it is a really exacting portrayal of Georgiana.

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

The bac story to Foreman’s research is fantastic – she was studying 18th century British politics and was taught that the involvement of women like the Duchess of Devonshire was basically just eye candy for the voters, but she found out that Georgiana for the Whigs and later the Duchess of Gordon for Pitt the younger were important political figures because women This was a book, that I would like to have loved, but ultimately, it did not cut the mustard, pass the port, or lead in the quadrille.

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. Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog. The film hypes it up, creating scenes of great palladian houses, public celebrity and female flamboyance.