Married to one of the richest peers in England when she was seventeen, the beautiful Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, came to symbolize the Georgian age with all of its glittering decadence. Her closest friends included the future English regent and Queen Marie Antoinette. She was governed by passion: passion for politics, for gambling, for her children, for her best friend who shared her husband's bed, and for the statesman for whom she would bear a secret love child. Yet despite all these trappings of hedonism, Georgiana is one of the most interesting, complex, and warmest women ever chronicled in English history.
The English Patient
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It is made up of correspondences between Georgiana and the people in her life, giving insight into the true events which would otherwise be unattainable. This source also avoids any major bias, unlike many others which display a clear favour of one opinion. Most of the information gathered on the true Relationships in the Duchess' life comes from this biography. One relationship in the film which was reflective of the reality was The Duke and Duchess. These traits led to the Duke appearing to be cold. The film shows Georgiana expressing her excitement for the idea of marrying the duke, under the impression that he loves her.
In true and dubious movie fashion, The Duchess transforms a serious, carefully researched biography of historical significance by best-selling British writer Amanda Foreman into a bucket of frothy banality overwhelmed by wigs, costumes, gilt-edged ceilings, sumptuous country manors and expensive period furniture as imagined by Sofia Coppola. It looks like outtakes from the nauseating bubble-gum fantasy Marie Antoinette. What else of significance defines her? As played by the photogenic but vacuous Keira Knightley, Georgiana was a trendy fashion plate, gossip-column celebrity and miserable wife, married off in by her monstrous mother a wasted Charlotte Rampling as a virginal year-old child bride to the titled William Cavendish, the Fifth Duke of Devonshire Ralph Fiennes, who looks like he stepped out of a Gainsborough.
By Glenys Roberts. Updated: BST, 3 September What law excludes a woman from doing the same? Marriage now is a necessary kind of barter, an alliance of families, the heart is not consulted. With those words, the scandalous 18th century Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, summed up her attitude to life in her autobiographical novel The Sylph.