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Georgiana's World by Amanda Foreman
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Apr 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, non-fiction, autobiography-biography, coffee-table-books
Read from April 23 to May 04, 2010

"The odd thing is that people who were shock'd at the immorality of his having a mistress are still more so at that mistress having been his wife for so long."

well, well... a book with a wealth of information about georgiana, duchess of devonshire, women, politics and the 18th century in general. captivating-ly told with lots of titbits that made me go - ah! no way! full of gossip and scandal, a host of illegitimate children and a bit of intrigue, false friends (or are they?) and the evils of gambling...

a great and excellently researched depiction of an interesting era. - and the paintings that illustrated the book really brought it to life for me. a magnificent insight into aristocratic life in the 18th century.
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04/23/2010 "...they [Georgiana and Marie Antoinette, Queen of France] had much in common, [...] having married a position rather than a lover [...]."
04/29/2010 page 81 "In supporting the Whigs [...] the Prince was following an established tradition. From George I onwards, father and son hated each other."
04/30/2010 page 129 "and[the Prince of Wales]alarmed his friends by throwing himself on the floor,sobbing and screaming that she had to be his wife or he'd die.""
05/04/2010 page 193 ""His habitual reserve with her gradually faded and, after two decades of marriage, they managed to forgive and accept one another.""

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