Georgiana's World

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As one of the most flamboyant and influential women of the late 18th century, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was an icon of her time. Born Lady Georgiana Spencer, she married the fifth Duke of Devonshire in 1774; within a short space of time she had become the undisputed queen of fashionable society, adored by the Prince Regent, an intimate of Marie-Antoinette, an influential Whig hostess and a darling of the common people. Yet for all her aura of public glamour, Georgiana's personal life was fraught with suffering brought on by her compulsive gambling, which led to insurmountable debts and ignominy, and her search for love, which caused misery and exile. "Georgiana's World" is the illustrated version of Amanda Foreman's bestselling biography, "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire", and brings a fresh perspective to her life and times. Filled with images of the people and places she actually knew, a series of special features explore such aspects of 18th-century life as aristocracy.

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Amanda Foreman was born in London in 1968. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, New York, she has a DPhil in history from Oxford University. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire won the 1998 Whitbread Prize for Best Biography. Since then, the book has inspired a Channel 4 documentary and a Radio 4 drama. Amanda Foreman divides her time between teaching and researching in both New York and London.

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Reviews for Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire 'Mesmerizing' Antonia Fraser, Literary Review 'Well-written, extensively researched and highly readable Gripping' Stella Tillyard, Mail on Sunday An outstanding debut by a young biographer fully in control of her sources, and with an easy and elegant writing style' Roy Strong, Sunday Times

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