The Super Fun Kids' Graphic Novel Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | September 21, 2015

    Annie Jacobsen: IMG Mirrors on the Moon: A Reporter's Story about Sources and Secrets in the Modern World

    As a national security reporter, I write about war, weapons, security, and secrets. The question most commonly asked of me is, "How do you get... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Great Britain- Hanover to Victorian Period

More copies of this ISBN

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire


Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The winner of Britain's prestigious Whitbread Prize and a bestseller there for months, this wonderfully readable biography offers a rich, rollicking picture of late-eighteenth-century British aristocracy and the intimate story of a woman who for a time was its undisputed leader. 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, at the age of seventeen, Georgiana achieved immediate celebrity by marrying one of England's richest and most influential aristocrats, the Duke of Devonshire. Launched into a world of wealth and power, she quickly became the queen of fashionable society, adored by the Prince of Wales, a dear friend of Marie-Antoinette, and leader of the most important salon of her time. Not content with the role of society hostess, she used her connections to enter politics, eventually becoming more influential than most of the men who held office.

        Her good works and social exploits made her loved by the multitudes, but Georgiana's public success, like Diana's, concealed a personal life that was fraught with suffering. The Duke of Devonshire was unimpressed by his wife's legendary charms, preferring instead those of her closest friend, a woman with whom Georgiana herself was rumored to be on intimate terms. For over twenty years, the three lived together in a jealous and uneasy ménage à trois, during which time both women bore the Duke's children--as well as those of other men.

Foreman's descriptions of Georgiana's uncontrollable gambling, all- night drinking, drug taking, and love affairs with the leading politicians of the day give us fascinating insight into the lives of the British aristocracy in the era of the madness of King George III, the American and French revolutions, and the defeat of Napoleon.

        A gifted young historian whom critics are already likening to Antonia Fraser, Amanda Foreman draws on a wealth of fresh research and writes colorfully and penetratingly about the fascinating Georgiana, 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.


Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-432) and index.

About the Author

Amanda Foreman, born in London in 1968, was educated at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and Oxford University, where she received a Ph.D. in history. A freelance journalist and until recently a researcher at Oxford, she has, since the immensely successful publication of Georgiana in the United Kingdom, made numerous television and radio appearances there, including the presentation of a Channel 4 documentary on the life of her subject. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire is her first book. She lives in New York City and London.

Product Details

Duchess of Devonshi
Foreman, Amanda
Random House Trade
New York :
Great britain
Historical - British
Politics and government
Women politicians
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
December 1999
Trade Cloth
9.59x6.59x1.52 in. 1.94 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Snipp, Snapp, Snurr, and the Red Shoes Used Trade Paper $4.50
  2. Techniques of the World's Greatest... Used Hardcover $16.50
  3. Harpercollins Spanish Dictionary Used Mass Market $2.95
  4. The Making of 2001, a Space Odyssey:... Used Trade Paper $10.00
  5. The Superhuman Crew Used Hardcover $9.95
  6. How to Make Pop-Ups Used Trade Paper $3.95

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Biography » Royalty
Featured Titles » History and Social Science
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Hanover to Victorian Period
History and Social Science » World History » England » Historical Biographies

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.50 In Stock
Product details 454 pages Random House Trade - English 9780375502941 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at