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Amanda Foreman (1) (1968–)

Author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

For other authors named Amanda Foreman, see the disambiguation page.

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Madame de Pompadour (1954) — Introduction — 897 copies
The Duchess [2008 film] (2008) — Original book — 186 copies

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pollycallahan | 13 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
Georgiana Cavendish (1757-1806) became Duchess of Devonshire when she married William Cavendish, the fifth Duke, at the age of 17. As the daughter of an Earl, Georgiana was accustomed to moving among the privileged class; as Duchess she took on an even greater role as pre-eminent hostess and trend-setter. But to label her a “socialite” (as Wikipedia has done) is selling her short. Georgiana was a natural leader with a keen interest in government and politics. She successfully organized national election campaigns for the Whigs, and mediated controversial disputes involving the Royal Family. She had a strong intellect, and in her spare time wrote fiction and studied science, in particular chemistry and mineralogy.

And yet, Georgiana’s personal life was a bit of a mess. Her marriage was less than satisfying, and while she bore three children she also had numerous miscarriages before at last producing an heir. Her lifelong best friend, Lady Elizabeth Foster, had far too much power over the Duchess and her household. And Georgiana had a severe gambling addiction that repeatedly took its toll on the family finances.

This biography weaves together all of these threads and more into a fascinating story of a woman who, in many ways, was way ahead of her time.
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lauralkeet | 66 other reviews | Feb 4, 2023 |
Informative but uninspiring biography about a very interesting woman.
 
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