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Elizabeth & Georgiana: The Duke of Devonshire and His Two Duchesses

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Based on her own letters, this book takes a fresh look at Lady Elizabeth Foster, who was the best friend of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, as well as the mistress of the Duke of Devonshire. It reveals this fascinating woman, known as Bess, not as the false friend and scheming mistress of other accounts, but as a devoted and beloved friend of both the Duke and Duchess.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by John Wiley & Sons (first published December 20th 2002)
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Lissa
Feb 26, 2008 Lissa rated it did not like it
History as excuse-making. Bess Foster, the subject of this book--yes, it's ostensibly about the two dutchess of Devonshire but, really, it's all about Bess Foster. She has gone down in history as a manipulating social climber par excellence, who got the Devonshires to take her in and support her and her illegitimate children, as well as much of the rest of her family. While she was "best friend" of the Dutchess, she was regularly nailing the Duke. This book, unsurprisingly written by one of her ...more
Brett
Oct 01, 2012 Brett rated it really liked it
Obviously, I find the people surrounding Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, fascinating. They all have the most amazingly over-the-top stories, & it was such a soap opera of a time in England, anyway. But the Devonshire menage a trois definitely tops the "weird but apparently acceptable things done by the British aristocracy in the late eighteenth century" list. Upon meeting Lady Elizabeth Foster, an earl's daughter who married far below herself & then suffered the further stigma of the m ...more
Alexa
Mar 21, 2009 Alexa rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating story of these two women....if you've seen the film 'The Duchess', all I can say is you would be amazed at what they left OUT of the movie. Bess Foster was generally villianized by history, but I find it better to approach such things with an open mind. Would definitely recommend along with the Amanda Foreman book.
Rebecca Huston
An interesting look at one of history's more infamous menage-a-trois, as seen in the film The Duchess. Want the real skinny on the story -- take a look in here for about Lady Elizabeth Foster.

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Julia Lose
Aug 05, 2012 Julia Lose rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I began to feel like I knew Bess. an easy, enjoyable, informative read for those interested in the regency era.
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