å Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire Í Download by ✓ Amanda Foreman The title of the biography and the jacket blurb would lead one to believe that Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire is about Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire But I think the biography was less about Gerogiana and about the politics in Georgiana s time I realize that Georgiana was very involved in the Whig party, but the book as a whole droned on and on about England s political scene.
And while I personally find politics fascinating, in this book the Duchess of Devonshire, the most popular person of her day think Princess Di, who is actually Georgiana s great great great great aunt , who lived during the American revolution, the French revolution and George III, was almost a second thought.
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire is a very dense, detailed book and as a w This was a book, that I would like to have loved, but ultimately, it did not cut the mustard, pass the port, or lead in the quadrille The bac story to Foreman s research is fantastic she was studying 18th century British politics and was taught that the involvement of women like the Duchess of Devonshire was basically just eye candy for the voters, but she found out that Georgiana for the Whigs and later the Duchess of Gordon for Pitt the younger were important political figures because women were meant to be apolitical therefore they could invite people to dinner at which business could be agreed informally so for example dinners at her table were important in the peace negotiations with the rebel colonies in north America, also since invitations to upper class parties at Devonshire house had social cachet, it functioned as an early form of party discipli Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, was a complicated lady She was politically active, a progressive thinker, had an atrocious gambling habit that kept her perpetually in debt and suffered from an unfortunate, sometimes unhappy, marriage.
Did I mention she lived in the late 1700 and early 1800sThere was enough popular participation to make politics as big a national obsession as sport, if not bigger The emergence of national newspapers turned politicians into celebritiespg 18 ebook.
And one of the brightest stars among them, was the Duchess of DevonshireThis was the age of oligarch politics, when the great landowning families enjoyed unchallenged pre eminence in government While the Lords sat in the chamber known as the Upper House, or the House of Lords, their younger brothers, sons, and nephews filled up most of the L One of the 5 reads I managed to gobble down in my last semester of grad school in between internships at Hachette and dissertation writing Loved this read Non fiction isn t typically my go to drug of choice, but when it s done well, I really latch onto it This one definitely was well done and delved into aspects of her life before the fame and in her later life that the commercial movie which I also loved never touched on A good choice of read for sure The separate spheres view of life in the 18th century in particular was probably necessary in order to shift perceptions of what was important to dig out of attics and archives and study The focus has usually been the eternal rehashings of king prime minister Parliamentiary carousels, or economic development Marxist scholars Until Braudel and his French quantifiers started looking at cemetery stones and baptismal records and counting up demographics, no one paid much attention to what the female half of the population was doing Then feminist scholars got into the act, making women s work a separate but equal sphere, a little like a Le Guin novel.
But, while I ve enjoyed much of the endeavors of recent female scholars what I get hold of, which I know is a minescule portion of What s Out There , the separate spheres concept made me increasingly impatient The i
For those of us who love to read, hearing about an exciting movie adaptation makes us want to read the book We, the few and the proud, will sit on our literary high horses and wait to finish the book even if it means the movie is no longer in theaters I am one such reader and this is one such book I saw a preview and was immediately drawn in, but as soon as I realized it was based upon a prize winning biography, I immediately ordered a copy I had high expectations, which I am glad to report were not disappointed Foreman admits to readers in her preface that during her research she became enraptured by Georgiana, which few could deny after a quick skim of her source material how many letters, diaries, newspapers, and books she must have slogged through over the years to create this entertaining picture of the Duchess of Devonsh GEORGIANA THE original INFLUENCER Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019 A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover There are two types of historical biographies the populistic ones and the scholarly ones This definitely falls mainly into the first category, but while populistic biographies often take shortcuts and mainly use secondary sources and therefore never add anything new to the subject they describe see, for instance, anything written by G.
J Meyer , Amanda Foreman has here managed to write a populistic biography based almost solely on primary sources That is quite an achievement and it paid offBiographers are notorious for falling in love with their subjects It is the literary equivalent of the Stockholm Syndro Beautiful, passionate, but lost That story didn t have a happy ending in the 18th century, either This story is rather depressing at times, but vastly amusing and interesting otherwise To say this woman led a fascinating life is an understatement She did ridiciulous, stupid things, and the author is a little bit overly tolerant of these mistakes She said herself she s in love with Georgiana a little So you have to take the somewhat rosy picture of Georgiana s character being painted with a little bit of salt But She makes you so involved with her You want to shake her and scream at her like any good book would make you do with a character you cared for You cheer for her and in the end I would argue that there is a high likelihood of the reader being a little in love with her too.
Yet her confident public persona hid a multitude of personal troubles Her self esteem became so low that she endured periods of loneliness and depression, and was occasionally subject to cycles of starvation and binge eating She was a vulnerable woman who lived the life of an icon.
Of course, you might say, this thumbnail sketch is Lady Georgiana Spencer, Nata Nel Nella Campagna A Nord Di Londra, Moglie Del Quinto Duca Del Devonshire E Antenata Di Lady Diana, Anim I Salotti Della Societ Inglese Ed Europea Del Suo Tempo Protesse Le Arti, Scrisse Romanzi, Aliment Un Epistolario Sorprendente Per Brio E Acutezza, Si Dilett Di Scienza Una Vita Non Idilliaca Per , Segnata Da Un Torbido M Nage Trois Con Il Duca E L Amica E Forse Amante Di Lei , Lady Elizabeth Foster, E Da Una Rovinosa Dipendenza Da Alcol, Droghe E Gioco D AzzardoAmanda Foreman, In Una Biografia Che Anche Un Affresco Della Vita Aristocratica Dell Inghilterra Settecentesca, Ripercorre La Storia Di Una Donna Cos Immersa Nella Sua Epoca Eppure Estremamente Moderna