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Georgiana by Amanda Foreman
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Jul 28, 10

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Read in July, 2010

Absolutely riveting. Author combines late 18th-century British politics with the life and loves of Georgiana (born Spencer, re: Lady Di). Questionable still about her close relationship with Lady E. Foster (Bess)--how close?--but Bess lived with the Duke and Duchess and their children for many years as part of a threesome, essential to both. She (Bess) had an (or 2) illegitimate child of the Duke's; 2 from her marriage; then married the Duke when Georgiana died. Georgiana was the political doyenne of the Whigs, at the upper crust of society and the aristocracy, immensely wealthy and kind, but an inveterate gambler. In my master's program, I was taught that parents didn't love their children as we do, because so many died young. Not so at all. Foreman quotes extensively from letters and journal, so everything is quite detailed and clear. A remarkable portrait--immense research--and eminently readable.
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