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Monday, July 14, 2008

Georgiana The Duchess Of Devonshire

Georgiana Spencer was, in a sense, an 18th-century It Girl. She came from one of England's richest and most landed families (the late Princess Diana was a Spencer too) and married into another. She was beautiful, sensitive, and extravagant--drugs, drink, high-profile love affairs, and even gambling counted among her favorite leisure-time activities. Nonetheless, she quickly moved from a world dominated by social parties to one focused on political parties. The duchess was an intimate of ministers and princes, and she canvassed assiduously for the Whig cause, most famously in the Westminster election of 1784. By turns she was caricatured and fawned on by the press, and she provided the inspiration for the character of Lady Teazle in Richard Sheridan's famous play The School for Scandal. But her weaknesses marked the last part of her life. By 1784, for one, Georgiana owed "many, many, many thousands," and her creditors dogged her until her death.
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book Georgiana wasa fascinating person to say the least she lived her life the way she wanted and had many powerful friends such as Marie Antoinette.
if you are interested in learning a little bit about the Spencer Family this book is a good one to read. it reads like a novel so its pretty easy to get through.