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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amanda Foreman Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jillian | 2/11/2014

    " I only got part of the way through it before finally giving up. It's a fantastic book if what you're looking f0r is a wordy, dense, dry thesis of The Duchess's life. It's literraly a month by month timeline of what she did, where she went, who she spent time with and how that all fit into society at the time. Did I mention it's very dense and very dry? I honestly thought it would be an intense historical novel, but it's not, and after forcing myself to pull through 100 pages or so, sold it. Sorry Ms. Foreman, it's just not what I was looking for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carina | 2/7/2014

    " This is a great biography of an important woman. The strange menage a trois between Georgiana, the Duke and their friend Bess (Lady Elizabeth foster) is very interesting. The Duchess was very influential in whig politics and was always deeply in debt from a life of gambling. Foreman entwines politics of the day with Georgiana's life effotlessly. It is well researched and very readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Roberts | 2/2/2014

    " At times I felt this focused more on the polictics of the time than Georgiana's life. I know that polictics was a big part of her life, but I was hoping to learn a bit more about her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Deidre P | 2/1/2014

    " Good, I've finished the book. Now I can't wait to see the movie! "

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