The Duchess (Paperback)

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Lady Georgiana Spencer was a distant great aunt of Princess Di and as famous in the late eighteenth century. Married to one of England's wealthiest and most influential men, she founded a political salon, became addicted to gambling, drugs and sexual liaisons. A splendid biography that digs beneath the superficial. — Louise Jones

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

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.

Praise for The Duchess

“Georgiana bursts from the pages of Amanda Foreman’s dazzling biography like the force of nature she undoubtedly was–passionate, political, addicted to gambling, and drunk on life. This is a stunning book about an astonishing woman.”–Simon Schama

“Biography at its best . . . seamlessly merges a life and its times, capturing not just an individual but an age.”–The New York Times Book Review 

“Riveting . . . marvelously diverting.”–The New Yorker

About the Author


Amanda Foreman is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She won the Whitbread Prize for Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. She is married with five children, and lives in both New York and London.

Praise For…


“Georgiana bursts from the pages of Amanda Foreman’s dazzling biography like the force of nature she undoubtedly was–passionate, political, addicted to gambling, and drunk on life. This is a stunning book about an astonishing woman.”–Simon Schama

“Biography at its best . . . seamlessly merges a life and its times, capturing not just an individual but an age.”–The New York Times Book Review

“Riveting . . . marvelously diverting.”–The New Yorker


Product Details
ISBN: 9780812979695
ISBN-10: 0812979699
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 19th, 2008
Pages: 512
Language: English
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