Elizabeth and Georgiana: The Duke of Devonshire and His Two Duchesses

Chapman, Caroline and Jane Dormer

Editore: John Murray, 2002
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Riassunto: "A tale well worth telling . . ."
–Antonia Fraser, author of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

"Oh, may I see my beloved friends again, for they are dearer still to me than all else in the world!—She is the kindest, dearest, best most beloved of friends—and he is and must be ever the very soul of my existence. I will cease to live in error with him, tho’ with shame and blushes I confess it, one moment passed in his arms, one instant pressed to his heart, effaces every sorrow, every fear, every thought but him."
–From the journals of Lady Elizabeth Foster as quoted in Elizabeth & Georgiana

She was a lonely young woman of noble birth, condemned to a life of poverty and disgrace. They were one of the wealthiest and most glamorous couples in England. When they appeared on her doorstep one day and whisked her into the dazzling and glittering world at the very pinnacle of the British upper class, how could she not fall in love?

Elizabeth & Georgiana tells the poignant and provocative true story of what may be the most remarkable and enduring love triangle in history. Drawing on hundreds of previously unpublished letters and thousands of journal entries written by Lady Elizabeth Foster, this intriguing journey to the heart of passion will shock you, delight you, and challenge your beliefs about friendship, loyalty, and the true nature of love.

From the Inside Flap: It was one of history’s strangest and most remarkable love triangles. For twenty-five years, Lady Elizabeth Foster was the intimate friend of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; for most of that time, she was also the mistress of the Duke, Georgiana’s husband. Was Bess, as she was known, the scheming mistress, false friend, and relentless social climber portrayed in previous accounts of her life, including the bestselling Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire? Or was she a devoted and beloved partner to both the Duke and the Duchess?

In Elizabeth & Georgiana, noted editor and writer Caroline Chapman contends that Bess was an intelligent woman of deep feeling who coped courageously with a series of personal and political crises. Drawing on hundreds of previously unpublished letters and the 128 journals in which Bess recorded her most private thoughts and observations, this moving biography reveals a complex and perceptive woman who strove to be a true friend to Georgiana, a passionate lover to the Duke, and a dependable ally to both.

You’ll follow Bess from her privileged, upper-class childhood, through her disastrous arranged marriage to the abusive and tyrannical John Foster, and into the life of poverty and disgrace that followed her "private separation" from Foster. You’ll witness the fateful surprise visit paid to Bess and her sister by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and the growing infatuation she felt for both the dashing William and the glamorous Georgiana.

The relationship that ensued would put even the most imaginative romance novelist to shame: Bess and Georgiana in a deep, almost feverish, friendship; the Duke and Duchess struggling to hold their marriage together; Bess secretly bearing two illegitimate children by the Duke as gossips hissed and hinted of scandal.

Set amid the whirling events of the Regency Crisis, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic wars, Elizabeth and Georgiana whisks you from stately country manors to palatial London residences, from the glittering social life of the cream of British society to grand tours of Europe in the highest of style. This poignant and provocative true story combines the intimacy of a whispered confession with the sweep and grandeur of a Hollywood epic. Shocking, surprising, and ultimately uplifting, it will challenge your beliefs about friendship, loyalty, and the true nature of love.

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Titolo: Elizabeth and Georgiana: The Duke of ...
Casa editrice: John Murray
Data di pubblicazione: 2002
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Descrizione libro John Murray, London, 2002. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First Edition. Animated by beauty, intelligence and a thirst for knowledge - but for ever at the mercy of her `too feeling heart' - Lady Elizabeth Foster led a life that was dramatic, colourful and riven by crises both personal and political. Born a Hervey, one of the most eccentric families in England, she married young and foolishly. Within five years she was separated from her husband and children, and condemned to poverty and social obscurity. But her meeting with the Duke of Devonshire and his enchanting wife Georgiana changed her life for ever. She became Georgiana's inseparable friend, the Duke's mistress and a member of the Devonshire House Circle, a social and political elite composed of some of the most brilliant figures of their day. She also recorded in her sparkling journals every twist and turn of the Regency crises, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. With unlimited access to the Dormer Archives, the journals and unpublished letters still owned by Lady Elizabeth's descendant Jane Dormer, Caroline Chapman tellingly reveals not the false friend and scheming mistress portrayed by previous chronicles of the period but a woman passionately attached to both the Duke and the Duchess, devoted to her children and firm friend of Madame de Stael, Edward Gibbon and many others. Always an ardent European and intrepid traveller, she spent her last years, after her marriage to the Duke and his death, in Rome. There she rapidly achieved eminence in society as a brilliant hostess, patron of the arts and the close friend of one of the century's greatest statesmen, Cardinal Consalvi Size: Octavo (standard book size). 288 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. in archive acetate film protection. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Gilt titles spine. black cloth; b/w. illustrations. Includes bibliography & index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Family History; Genealogy & Local History; Duke of Devonshire; 18th century; History. ISBN: 0719560446. ISBN/EAN: 9780719560446. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3473. Member of the P.B.F.A. Codice libro della libreria 3473

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