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The Duchess
The Duchess
Author: Amanda Foreman
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK — 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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780812979695
ISBN-10: 0812979699
Publication Date: 8/19/2008
Pages: 512
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 94 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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canadianeh avatar reviewed The Duchess on + 242 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Excellent and highly readable book about a woman of great intelligence, beauty and spirit who had a lasting effect on the time in which she lived. This last cannot be said of many women of the time: unenfranchised, chattle of their husbands, restricted in their thoughts and movement in the world. Meanwhile, men held the political power as well as the domestic. Georgiana managed to enter a world in which she could could use her flair to become both politically influential and a star of society. Highly recommended - much less of a potboiler than the movie!
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Helpful Score: 2
Though it has been some time since I read this book , it is one of the few I have wanted to keep in my personal library. Unfortunately, I cannot remember to whom it was loaned. The book gives a fascinating picture into the life of that class in that era. But, even more important, it gives a very full picture of an amazing woman, her strengths, her flaws and her weaknesses. As for the movie -- don't bother!
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I didn't love it, but it gave great depth and insight.
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After seeing the movie, which I thought was completely heart-wrenching, I found the book. Although I think both versions are very good, as always, the book is a little less dramatic and more realistic.
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Couldn't get into it. I usual go for action book. This book is more about a society family. The writing is good jut not what I usally read.


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