The Amazing Duchess; Being the Romantic History of Elizabeth Chudleigh, Maid of Honour, the Hon. Mrs. Hervey, Duchess of Kingston, and Countess of Bristol Volume 1

The Amazing Duchess; Being the Romantic History of Elizabeth Chudleigh, Maid of Honour, the Hon. Mrs. Hervey, Duchess of Kingston, and Countess of Bristol Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...fashions for ladies. She minutely describes the sacque, which at that time was a novelty. This stately garment was a wide loose gown, open in front all the way, and hanging from the shoulders to the ground, generally set in by a wide pleat at the back and gathered in folds over the hooped petticoat. The hoops varied in size from small hoops for undress to the larger hoops for full dress, or, as Lady Jane quaintly styles it, "when I am to be set out." The hoops were formed of whalebone, and the wearers doubled them round in front, or lifted them up on each side, when they entered a door or carriage. The hair was trimmed close round the face, which was encircled with curls, one or two falling behind, and surmounted by a little cap, similar to that immortalised by Mary, Queen of Scots. An item to be noted was the reappointment of Elizabeth Chudleigh as maid of honour to the Princess Augusta--a matter of etiquette and form, merely as consequent upon the death of Prince Frederick, the Court having to be reconstituted. It was not long before Frederick was forgotten, and in the meantime the Princess Augusta's womanly and wifely conduct brought about a reconciliation between her and her father-in-law, Walpole writing: "The King and Princess are grown as fond as if they had never been of different parties, or rather, as people who always had been of different. She discountenances all opposition and he all ambition. Prince George, who with his two eldest brothers is to be lodged at St. James's, is speedily to be created Prince of Wales." CHAPTER XI Elizabeth's rivals--The beautiful Gunning sisters--A costly dinner at White's, the talk of the town--The Gunnings hoaxed--Elizabeth Gunning marries the Duke of Hamilton, Miss Chudleigh's old...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236634071
  • 9781236634078