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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An accomplished biography of one of the most important women of 18th- century Britain.

Journalist Foreman, whose work is based on her doctoral fpreman at Oxford, has written a lively account of the This Whitbread Prize-winning biography has all that and more; if it were fiction it would be a best seller. Georgiana was the most accomplished social hostess of Account Options Sign in.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. The winner of Britain’s prestigious Whitbread Prize and a bestseller there for months, this wonderfully readable biography offers a rich, rollicking picture of late-eighteenth-century British aristocracy djchess the intimate story of a woman who for a time was its undisputed leader.

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Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day. Inat 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 fodeman 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 voreman 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.

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For over twenty years, the georgians lived together in a jealous and uneasy menage a trois, during which time both women bore the Duke’s children–as well as those of other men. Foreman’s descriptions of Georgiana’s uncontrollable gambling, all- night drinking, drug taking, and love affairs with the leading politicians of the day give us fascinating insight into the lives of the Britisharistocracy in the era of cuchess madness of King George III, the American and French revolutions, and the defeat of Napoleon.

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A gifted young amwnda whom critics are already likening to Antonia Fraser, Amanda Foreman draws on a wealth of fresh research and writes colorfully and penetratingly about the fascinating Georgiana, whose struggle against her own weaknesses, whose great beauty and flamboyance, and whose determination to play a part in the affairs of the world make her a vibrant, astonishingly contemporary figure.

From inside dsvonshire book. Duchess of Devonshire Amanda Cevonshire Limited preview – References to this book Talking Proper: A freelance journalist and until recently a researcher at Oxford, she has, since the immensely successful publication of Georgiana in the United Kingdom, made numerous television and radio appearances there, including the presentation of a Channel 4 documentary on the life of her subject.

Duchess of Devonshire is her first book. She lives in New York City and London.