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Subject: Duchess by Amanda Foreman
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 1:09 PM ET
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I was flipping channels last night and PBS was showing scenes from this movie and interviewing the actress playing her..well it looked interesting! The actress mentioned Amanda Foreman so I searched on here to see if there was a book and found this and one with Georgiana in the title. I'm wondering if anyone's read this and if it's a good story? It sounded interesting the bit I saw of the movie and could read about the description. I tend to like HEA's though so not sure about that though I don't think women in that time period had those!

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 3:41 PM ET
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I saw that book 'The Duchess' in a book store and picked it up because it had Keira Knightley on the front. It's a non-fiction book about Princess Diane's great-great-great(?) grandmother Lady Georgiana Spencer. The book looked rather dull, but the movie trailer looks fantasic.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 7:48 PM ET
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thanks! the movie trailers were what caught my eye and wondered if the book itself was good. thanks! think I'll get it from the library instead of investing in it

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 8:13 PM ET
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Hi, the book is a great bio of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire.  She was one of the most influential English women of the late 18th century.  She was born a Spencer, and she was Diana's great-great-great aunt.  There might be another "great" in there.  If you like 18th England, or stories about aristocrats and their decadent lives, I recommend it, but I wouldn't say she had a happy ending.

BTW - they're the same book.  It was originally titled "Georgiana" but it's been reissued to match the movie.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 9:14 PM ET
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I've wanted confirmation they were the same story, thanks Nancy. I read the book back when it was caleld Georgiana.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:47 PM ET
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Did you enjoy the book Mimi? I'm not sure if I'd like it or not but I've been trying to add more classics and 'meaningful' literature, esp about women, to my reading

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 5:32 PM ET
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It has been a long time since I read it, I don't think I LOVED it, but I think it was good.  It could have been better, if I recall correctly.

 

 



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Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:43 PM ET
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I read it years ago and enjoyed it...  I was actually reading it while my husband and I were on vacation in England, in the Peak District, and we visited Chatsworth, home of the Duke of Devonshire, and where Georgianna lives way back when.  I think that made it more interesting to me at the time.  I'm looking forward to the movie, although my husband will probably groan about me wanting to see it.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 9:00 PM ET
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you're lucky..I wanna go to  England! My Grandma was from there and come over WWII I guess it was..one of the war brides. I stil want to go there and experience England/Scotland/Ireland.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:48 PM ET
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I had that book  - bought it in England as a matter of fact - and it was very long and towards the middle started to get rather - plodding.  I pretty much skimmed over the second half.  But I think it will make a good movie if they condense it perperly.  The parallels betweeh Georgiana's and Diana's lives were quite interesting.