The Duchess

The Duchess

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By (author) Amanda Foreman, Narrator Wanda McCaddon

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 165mm x 28mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400111617
  • ISBN 13: 9781400111619
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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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 of fashionable society and founder of the most important political salon of her time. But Georgiana's public success concealed an unhappy marriage, a gambling addiction, drinking, drug taking, and rampant love affairs with the leading politicians of the day. With penetrating insight, Amanda Foreman reveals a fascinating woman whose struggle against her own weaknesses, whose great beauty and flamboyance, and whose determination to play a part in the affairs of the world make her a vibrant, astonishingly contemporary figure.

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Amanda Foreman is a freelance journalist who earned her Ph.D. in history from Oxford University, where she has worked as a researcher. Wanda McCaddon has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audio publishers and has earned more than twenty-five Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine. She has also won a coveted Audie Award, and "AudioFile" has named her one of recording's Golden Voices.

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"Georgiana bursts from the pages of Amanda Foreman's dazzling biography like the force of nature she undoubtedly was---passionate, political, addicted to gambling, and drunk on life. This is a stunning book about an astonishing woman." ---Simon Schama