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The Duchess

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The Duchess

Winner of Britain's prestigious Whitbread Prize, Amanda Foreman's bestselling work is a penetrating, marvelously written account of Lady Georgiana Spencer.

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 Georgiana achieved immediate celebrity by marrying William Cavendish, fifth duke of Devonshire, one of England's richest and most influential aristocrats. She became the queen of fashionable society and founder of the most important political salon of her time. But Georgiana's public success concealed an unhappy marriage, a gambling addiction, drinking, drug taking, and rampant love affairs with the leading politicians of the day. With penetrating insight, Amanda Foreman reveals a fascinating woman 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.

Winner of Britain's prestigious Whitbread Prize, Amanda Foreman's bestselling work is a penetrating, marvelously written account of Lady Georgiana Spencer.

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 Georgiana achieved immediate celebrity by marrying William Cavendish, fifth duke of Devonshire, one of England's richest and most influential aristocrats. She became the queen of fashionable society and founder of the most important political salon of her time. But Georgiana's public success concealed an unhappy marriage, a gambling addiction, drinking, drug taking, and rampant love affairs with the leading politicians of the day. With penetrating insight, Amanda Foreman reveals a fascinating woman 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.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Those who found the movie dramatization of THE DUCHESS fascinating will delight in the more in-depth coverage of eighteenth-century European political intrigue, corruption, and sexual scandals of the rich and powerful in the full-length book. AUDIOFILE Golden Voice Wanda McCaddon's voice, with its precise British accent, is the perfect vehicle to deliver this detailed examination of the life and times of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. McCaddon convincingly handles the emotionally extreme outpourings of the Duchess, the worry and frustration of her mother, the languid indifference of the Duke, as well as the myriad personalities who make less prominent appearances. McCaddon's presentation of this richly detailed history, which reads like a compelling soap opera, is further validation of her award-winning status as a narrator. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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