- Paperback: 454 pages
- Publisher: Random House; Book Club edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375502947
- ISBN-13: 978-0375502941
- ASIN: B001KH1VNW
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Georgiana - Duchess Of Devonshire Paperback – 1998
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At first glance Georgiana resembles an 18th C version of Lady Diana Spencer, the late Princess of Wales. She was Diana's great-great-great-great aunt and they had a host of traits in common. Each married a man who did not love her and brought an unseen "third party" to the altar. Both were fashion icons, subjects of gossip columns in which they were alternately loved and lampooned, great givers to charity, and brilliant at the art of image making and public relations. On the dark side, they were emotionally crippled by self-doubt which manifested as an eating disorder (Diana) and addiction to risk (both of them).
Georgiana's life, however, makes a far more interesting study than Diana's. Our familiarity with Victorian notions of women's "seen but not heard" social roles, as well as historical models that concentrate on the lives of the middle and working classes, has all but obscured the unique social and political power held by 18th century aristocratic women, not to mention the surprisingly hedonistic lives they were able to live. With Georgiana, Foreman makes a case for historians to re-examine the "separate spheres" model of feminist history, which renders the lives of aristocratic women irrelevant, thereby diminishing our understanding of historical gender roles and relations.
But don't let me lead you into thinking Georgiana is a boring, academic thesis. Far from it. Foreman creates a good balance between engaging storytelling and academic rigor, and Georgiana's life is one worth telling.
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Excellent in so many ways. Well researched. Historical. InterestingPublished 7 months ago by scaramoush
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