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DOWNLOAD ☆ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO Ã Amanda Foreman REVIEW Ð Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire ò un epistolario sorprendente per brio e acutezza si dilettò di scienza Una vita non idilliaca però segnata da un torbido ménage à trois con il duca e l'amica e forse amante di lei lady Elizabeth Foster e da una rovinosa dipendenza. One of the 5 reads I managed to gobble down in my last semester of grad school in between internships at Hachette and dissertation writing Loved this read Non fiction isn t typically my go to drug of choice but when it s done well I really latch onto it This one definitely was well done and delved into aspects of her life before the fame and in her later life that the commercial movie which I also loved never touched on A good choice of read for sure

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DOWNLOAD ☆ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO Ã Amanda Foreman REVIEW Ð Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire Lady Georgiana Spencer nata nel 1757 nella campagna a nord di Londra moglie del uinto Duca del Devonshire e antenata di Lady Diana animò i salotti della società inglese ed europea del suo tempo Protesse le arti scrisse romanzi aliment. Do you recognise this personA shy English teenager she blossomed after she was catapulted to fame by marrying an older wealthier man Although she had been born into a rich and influential family her husband came from an even prestigious family After her marriage she became universally adored a trendsetting fashion icon who turned heads whenever she entered a room Everything she did said and wore became newsYet her confident public persona hid a multitude of personal troubles Her self esteem became so low that she endured periods of loneliness and depression and was occasionally subject to cycles of starvation and binge eating She was a vulnerable woman who lived the life of an iconOf course you might say this thumbnail sketch is instantly recognisable it is of Diana Princess of Wales Yet this description not only fits the former Princess but also Georgiana Cavendish the subject of Amanda Foreman s 1998 biography Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire who died than 200 years ago Even strangely the two were related Georgiana s maiden name was Spencer as was Diana s and she was Diana s great great great great auntBoth Diana and Georgiana Spencer were born at the family home at Althorp Both sat for artists Mario Testino painted Diana just as Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds had both painted Georgiana two centuries earlier Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire Gainsborough Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire ReynoldsBoth became popular uickly achieving celebrity status The Morning Herald and The Daily Advertiser each published at least one story a week about Georgiana from 1781 The public bestowed their affection and loyalty on her when it became obvious that her marriage would never make her happy It seemed as if everyone was in love with Georgiana except her husband who showed no concern even when she fainted at a ball during their engagement preferring to carry on talking to his friends about dogs Indeed the first chapter ends in a nearby rented villa on their wedding day where another woman a milliner called Charlotte was nursing the baby she had had by the DukeGeorgiana suffered the humiliation of being trapped in a very public m nage trois with her husband and her best friend Bess Lady Elizabeth Foster finding herself at the centre of 18th century England s best known love triangle The Duke expected two things from her an heir and not to gamble his fortune away but for a long time it looked as if Georgiana could do neither She continued as an outwardly poised flamboyant leader of fashion and the ueen of the ton but she developed eating disorders became addicted to drink and drugs and through constant gambling became heavily in debt This is where the two histories divergeLady Georgiana Spencer was just 17 in 1774 when she married the 26 year old William Cavendish the 5th Duke of Devonshire She had been contracted by her mother Lady Spencer to marry England s most powerful aristocrat and her dowry was immense Georgiana s father was wealthy and she grew up moving between a series of palaces Her new husband s family though had vast estates including Chatsworth Hardwick Londesborough Bolton Abbey Lis Castle Chiswick House Burlington House and Devonshire House The family owned the electoral boroughs which effectively controlled 23 seats in the House of CommonsThere were 200 peers of whom 28 were the highest ranking Dukes All the peers were entitled by birth to sit in the House of Lords and 558 members of parliament often their friends and relatives would sit in the House of Commons Britain itself still had less than ten million people of whom only about 3 per cent were entitled to vote As the wife of a Duke Georgiana therefore immediately became one of the most influential figures of her timeThe periods of English history which stand out as most familiar are probably the Tudors the Victorians and the two World Wars Other than that our knowledge is patchy unless we have studied history Our views about the freedoms of Georgian females are likely to be inaccurate assumptions based on our knowledge of the straight laced and outwardly respectable VictoriansGeorgiana s acuaintances were very different They included titled ladies who sold their bodies to pay off their gambling debts or to promote their husbands political careers Others uietly disappeared abroad to give birth to illegitimate children or adopted those of their husbands Georgiana was in fact herself to do both of these In the 18th century a noblewoman was free to do largely as she pleased once she had produced an heirSince William usually looked elsewhere for his sexual pleasures Georgiana had to do something about it She duly consulted a celebrated fertility doctor James Graham who was popular with the childless nobility In his Temple of Health and Hymen Infertile couples paid an exorbitant 50 a night to make love on the electro magnetic bed in his celestial chamber to the strains of an orchestra playing outside while a pressure cylinder pumped magnetic fire into the room Females in the 18th century could take the initiative in many areas Both the Spencer and Cavendish families were reformist Whigs but the Duke s position made it impossible for him to become involved in politics Georgiana therefore became the public face of the family s political ambitions Although women could not vote at the time and were barred from the House of Commons Georgiana was an intelligent insightful woman She was very interested in Enlightenment philosophy and understanding the importance of public relations very well she became a passionate contestant in the political arena She devoted herself to the Whig party campaigning scheming fund raising and recruiting for it until the day she died Georgiana made Devonshire House the couple s London home the centre of activities for Britain s fashionable opposition party The Whigs were great landowners who contested the power of the crown which at that time sat rather uneasily on the head of the increasingly insane George III and who supported the American War of Independence George III and his prime minister William Pitt were furious that Georgiana had tempted the vain idle Prince of Wales into her inner circle thereby enabling her later to save the fragile Whig coalition government from collapsing No one in England knew that the fate of the government rested on a woman s influence with a spoilt youth Whig society was liberal and worldly It was artistic gossipy and not what we would consider polite After glittering spectacular balls and lavish dinners with large uantities of alcohol the women would withdraw in order for the men to continue their postprandial boozing The toasting went on for so long that chamber pots were provided and one French visitor observed that The man with occasion to use one does not even interrupt his talk during the operation Georgiana was intelligent funny and charming She was a patron of both the sciences and the arts an amateur chemist and mineralogist an accomplished musician poet and novelist A French diplomat wrote of her in his memoir When she appeared every eye was turned towards her when absent she was the topic of universal conversation Georgiana enjoyed poking fun at everyone including herself When big hair started to become fashionable she created a sensation by creating an elaborate three foot tower padded out with wads of horsehair and embellishments such as a ship in full sail or a still life with waxed fruit and stuffed birds Other ladies slaves to fashion followed her lead teetering beneath stacks of hair so tall that they had to ride seated on the floors of their carriagesGeorgiana went through the family money like water spending huge amounts of money on clothes partying drinking and gambling sometimes all night She turned her drawing room into a casino with a commercial bank and professional croupiers I do assure you it is innate she said for I remember playing from 7 in the morning till 8 at night at lansuenet with old Mrs Newton when I was 9 years old and was sent to King s Road for the measles But she accumulated huge debts unbeknown to her husband A friend the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan advised paying only encourages them So she told endless lies making light of her debts to both her friends and her bankers and even borrowing money from the Prince of WalesWhen Georgiana was blackmailed in 1787 she confessed to the Duke that she was unable to repay her debts Her self esteem had become so low that she was totally dependent on her friend Bess who lived with with the couple as the Duke s mistress Bess was torn between helping Georgiana pay her debts and convincing the Duke to separate from herAlthough by modern standards this story may seem scandalous there is no evidence that Georgiana Bess and the Duke of Devonshire were not all perfectly happy with their arrangement Historians say that at that time men accepted the fact that married women had romantic relationships with other women as this allowed them to find comfort without harming the essential fabric of society Georgiana s relationship with Bess seems to have been a romantic and possibly a physical or sexual one too This was nothing new for GeorgianaIn a visit to France in 1775 Georgiana had become intimately acuainted with Marie Antoinette and the Duchesse de Polignac Rumours about their relationship had spread like wildfire around the Court at Versailles On her return to England Georgiana then established a passionate relationship with Mrs Mary Graham One of her letters says I want to say above all that I love you my dear friend and kiss you tenderly Georgiana then met Bess in 1782 and they began a relationship which would last their entire lives Their letters contained passionate language which indicates the intensity of their relationship God bless you my angel love I adore and love you beyond description I declare to God I am half mad Oh Bess every sensation I feel but heightens my adoration for you Georgiana had several miscarriages but eventually gave birth to three children first two daughters and then Hart a long awaited male heir Georgiana also had a child out of wedlock with Charles Grey a Whig politician who would later go on to become prime minister His government passed the Reform Act in 1832 which finally saw the reform of the House of Commons and the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire in 1833 following William Wilberforce s Slave Trade Act of 1807 Now however we are likely to remember him as giving his name to Earl Grey teaIn 1791 Georgiana was banished to the Continent for two years where she gave birth to Charles Grey s daughter Eliza Bess accompanied her and chose to stay with Georgiana for several months rather than return to the Duke who insisted that the child interestingly an ancestor of the Duchess of York was handed over to Grey s parents who brought her upThe affairs of this privileged circle continue to sound like a modern day soap opera Georgiana s sister Harriet had two illegitimate children by Lord Granville Leveson Gower and also had an affair with Sheridan Sheridan s wife was jealous and had an affair with Georgina s husband the Duke Lord Granville eventually married Georgiana s daughter Harriet s niece Harryo Thus she became stepmother to her own two cousins while another legitimate cousin Caroline went on to become the notorious Lady Caroline Lamb the mistress of ByronGeorgiana s own many affairs nearly caused her husband to divorce her despite his own profligacy and that of their circle Double standards for men and women were taken for granted The social s allowed him to produce a number of children out of wedlock but not Georgiana Eventually their household would include three children by Georgiana two by Georgiana s close friend Bess Foster and one by a former mistress of the Duke For than 20 years until Georgiana s early death she Bess and the duke lived together Three years after Georgiana died the Duke married Bess who felt it her severe duty to be the Duchess of Devonshire It seems as though Georgiana might have forseen this as upon her death in 1806 Georgiana had made Bess the sole guardian of her papers thus giving her security for at least a timeIn a way this biography is a tale of decadence and excess and this was the slant taken when rewriting it as a script for the film The Duchess The film hypes it up creating scenes of great palladian houses public celebrity and female flamboyance The camera lovingly dwells on the rustling pastel silks gorgeous gowns with glittering flashes of diamonds plate carriages and lavish dinners There is a constant entourage of footmen and servants wild parties love and sexual intrigue and just a nod to party politicsKeira Knightley did her best with the script but was forced to portray Georgiana as a doe eyed victim a misunderstood woman Her passionate devotion to the Whig cause was presented as a trivial diversion The film barely mentions Georgiana s part in the Westminster election of 1784 Yet in reality this was the most notorious public episode of her life Georgiana canvassed the streets for the Whig candidate Charles James Fox and was pilloried by the press for her efforts He was not a relative nor was his constituency a family borough yet Georgiana was willing to bring a torrent of abuse on herself She became the first woman to appear on political platforms and famously traded kisses for votes on the hustingsMany obscene cartoons show satirists including the famous Thomas Rowlandson shamelessly caricaturing her sexual reputationNevertheless Georgiana s family pressed her to continue the campaign criticising her for breastfeeding her daughter Little G not for street politics In fact well read society women of the time were influenced by Rousseau s view that breastfeeding was preferable to having a wet nurse Georgiana s action was part of her Enlightenment philosophy but the film uses it to make a different point from current feminist perspectivesThe film s focus is entirely on the bedroom and not on politics capitalising on Georgiana as the empress of fashion to mislead the audience It travesties her very real political influence making a simplistic point about the lack of political rights for females When they are newly married the Duke complains that women s clothes are too complicated You have so many ways to express yourself Georgiana pouts at her husband but we have only hats It is a cheap jokeThere are some credibly theatrical moments in The Duchess For instance on Georgiana s wedding night her new husband demands the scissors to cut her out of the bridal finery into which she had been sewn In another comic scene Georgiana slightly the worse for drink staggers into the candles in the ballroom and her huge starched wig catches fire This elicits the wonderful line Please put out Her Grace s hair True to 18th century erotica Georgiana wears white stockings and pink garters in bed We can also believe that the Duke does not care if a servant hears his noisy grunts as he indulges in sex with various women or threatening his wife with exileBut these are details and taken as a whole this film is flawed It is only very loosely based on the book and seems intent on showing us a modern drama skewed to modern tastes and preconceptions Surely Georgiana the film pleads must have the heart of a modern girl who just needs a bit of love and understanding The Georgians were really just like us but dressier The poster blares a blatant reference to Diana there were three people in the marriage The film remains narrow in its focus with no wider perspective on the historical era It begins with the moment when Georgiana receives the marriage proposal and ends with her return to the Duke after the end of her affair with Charles Grey and the birth of their illegitimate daughter Charles Grey is portrayed as the only other person with whom Georgiana has a sexual relationship and the portrayal of her relationship with Bess is coy making Bess merely her confidante to whom she tells intimate secretsHistorical biographies are not my chosen reading and I would usually find them a bit of a slog The attraction of this one was Chatsworth the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire s estate It is in Derbyshire many miles from the county of Devon which may be confusing to a non English reader and was the local stately home which I used to visit as a child The building itself is a lavish pile with extravagantly ornate Baroue furnishings and heavy use of gilt on all the surfaces and the grounds landscaped by Capability Brown are breathtaking gentle grassy slopes with a lake mature trees and cultivated areas Herds of deer roam and you can get a glimpse of one or two if you are lucky For as long as I can remember these aristocrats have allowed the public open access to their grounds Picnic makers and walkers alike are free to wander walk or drive through without charge I was interested in the dynasty and this biography proved to be a fascinating read although a little dry in parts It did begin as Amanda Foreman s doctoral thesis for Oxford University after all and has an strictly academic flavourGeorgiana Duchess of Devonshire is a long book nearly a thousand pages in four sectionsI DebutanteII PoliticsIII ExileIV Georgiana ReduxThere is also an Introduction and an Epilogue a Note on 18th Century Politics a Chronology Notes and a Select Biography all of which are uite comprehensive It is illustrated with monochrome reproductions of contemporary portraits etchings and cartoons from the time often two to a page and uite small They are grouped in the centreI am pleased to have read a reliable well researched biography of this remarkable woman She was not just the it girl of her time a fashion plate and pioneer of big hair friend of Marie Antoinette and the real life inspiration for Sheridan s Lady Teazle in A School for Scandal She was a force to be reckoned with in politics as well as in society I did not find the book mesmerizing as Antonia Fraser claimed in the Literary Review but it was an absorbing read and certainly shed new light for me on the nobility of eighteenth century England I can happily recommend this as a great read for either a scholar or a general reader

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DOWNLOAD ☆ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO Ã Amanda Foreman REVIEW Ð Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire Da alcol droghe e gioco d'azzardoAmanda Foreman in una biografia che è anche un affresco della vita aristocratica dell'Inghilterra settecentesca ripercorre la storia di una donna così immersa nella sua epoca eppure estremamente moder. The title of the biography and the jacket blurb would lead one to believe that Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire is about Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire But I think the biography was less about Gerogiana and about the politics in Georgiana s time I realize that Georgiana was very involved in the Whig party but the book as a whole droned on and on about England s political sceneAnd while I personally find politics fascinating in this book the Duchess of Devonshire the most popular person of her day think Princess Di who is actually Georgiana s great great great great aunt who lived during the American revolution the French revolution and George III was almost a second thoughtGeorgiana Duchess of Devonshire is a very dense detailed book and as a whole reads like an incredibly boring textbook you re forced to read for school Chapter after chapter after chapter goes into great detail about her addiction to gambling and her attempts to cover her debts but only gives ten or so pages to Georgiana s relationship with Charles Grey and the birth of their illegitimate childGeorgiana is a fascinating person but this book is just too long and too chalked full of facts Besides the error of the ages when Bess children were returned to her the fact Bess had two children by the Duke and a slight disregard for how often Georgiana stood up to her husband The Duchess does a much better job of portraying Georgiana s life than this book ever will

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  • Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire
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  • 02 May 2019
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    (Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire) PDF ¸ Amanda Foreman DOWNLOAD ☆ BERNALAMOROCHO.CO Ã Amanda Foreman Beautiful passionate but lost That story didn't have a happy ending in the 18th century either This story is rather depressing at times but vastly amusing and interesting otherwise To say this woman led a fascinating life is an understatement She did ridiciulous stupid things and the author is a little bit overly

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