Author: Amanda Foreman

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000737268X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

View: 5062

A tale of decadence and excess, great houses and wild parties, love and sexual intrigue, this biography of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, casts an astonishing new light on the nobility of eighteenth-century England.
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Author: Jude Deveraux

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743459210

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 8252

Jude Deveraux captures the thrill of an American beauty's Highlands wedding, where a royal title is at stake -- and where love wins the day. The Duchess Claire Willoughby risked losing millions in her inheritance if, as decreed by her grandfather, she did not wed an "acceptable" man. Harry Montgomery, the eleventh Duke of MacArran, seemed perfect. He owned a historic castle, he looked manly in a kilt, and he was as much a titled Scotsman as Bonnie Prince Charlie himself. Their engagement announced, Claire's future as a duchess was assured -- and she set off with her family to meet the Montgomery clan in Scotland. Bramley Castle was a damp, chill place, overþowing with eccentric relatives. But there was also Trevelyan, a secretive, brooding man who lived in Bramley's ancient halls. Whoever he was, he wasn't at all like Harry: Trevelyan was the most exasperating, arrogant, know-it-all of a man Claire had ever met. And the most fascinating...
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Duchess of Devonshire

Author: Amanda Foreman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812993918

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 8357

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.
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A Novel

Author: Danielle Steel

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 0425285367

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3698

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incomparable Danielle Steel breaks new ground as she takes us to nineteenth-century England, where a high-born young woman is forced out into the world—and begins a journey of survival, sensuality, and long-sought justice. Angélique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father’s closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angélique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources—and one bold stroke of fortune. Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angélique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam—and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. With her upper-class breeding, her impeccable style, and her father’s bequest, Angélique creates Le Boudoir, soon a sensational establishment where powerful men, secret desires, and beautiful, sophisticated women come together. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own—or regain her rightful place in the world? From England to Paris to New York, Danielle Steel captures an age of upheaval and the struggles of women in a male-ruled society—and paints a captivating portrait of a woman of unquenchable spirit, who in houses great or humble is every ounce a duchess.
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Making Everyday Meals a Special Occasion

Author: Sarah Ferguson,Weight Watchers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684852160

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

View: 6419

Offers recipes for main dishes, salads, vegetables, and desserts, from casual weekend suppers to provencal feasts
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Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown

Author: Penny Junor

Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print

ISBN: 9781432848415

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 620

View: 4586

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Author: Anthony Hope

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849694704

Category: Fiction

Page: 138

View: 7513

"The Indiscretion of the Duchess" may be classed with "The Prisoner of Zenda," and shares with that story the unabated interest from first page to last, and the superb handling of the romantic and adventurous. Even if this book had been published anonymously, a mistake as to its author's identity would have been impossible: Mr. Hope's touch as we have learned to know it is here on every page, almost in every line, and a successful touch it is, indeed. The book furnishes pleasant reading; it is one of those rare boons—a story that will rest and refresh the brain of any person whose occupation involves continuous and serious mental work.
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Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781722986568

Category:

Page: 30

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The Book of the Duchess is the earliest of Chaucer's major poems, preceded only by his short poem, "An ABC," and possibly by his translation of The Romaunt of the Rose. Most sources put the date of composition after 12 September 1368 (when Blanche of Lancaster died) and 1372, with many recent studies privileging a date as early as the end of 1368. Overwhelming (if disputed) evidence suggests that Chaucer wrote the poem to commemorate the death of Blanche of Lancaster, wife of John of Gaunt. The evidence includes handwritten notes from Elizabethan antiquary John Stowe indicating that the poem was written at John of Gaunt's request. There are repeated instances of the word "White," which is almost certainly a play on "Blanche." In addition, at the end of the poem there are references to a 'long castel', suggesting the house of Lancaster (line 1318) and a 'ryche hil' as John of Gaunt was earl of Richmond (mond=hill) (line 1319) and the narrator swears by St John, which is John of Gaunt's saint's name.
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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the Bahamas 1940-1945

Author: Owen Platt

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595287832

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 8164

At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the British government, alarmed at the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's association with the Nazis and the possibility that they would remove themselves to the United States to preach their pacifist (and slightly pro-German) credo, decided that a job had to be found for the ex-King Edward VIII. and his wife, the American, Wallis Simpson. He was appointed Governor of The Bahamas, one of the smallest and least important possessions of the British Empire, far away from the scene of battle. Away from their sybaritic living in the south of France, the couple struggled unhappily with the very different lifestyle of minor colonial life. This story is of their successes and their failures during their last official service to The British-and of the only Royal Governor to have served in British colonial history. Owen Platt's recounting of their escapades in wartime Bahamas is a fascinating insight into a little known aspect of British history.
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Author: John Webster,Leah Marcus

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1904271510

Category: Drama

Page: 430

View: 5634

The Duchess of Malfi is one of the major tragedies of theearly modern period and remains popular in the theatre as well as inthe classroom. The story of the Duchess's secret marriage and the cruelrevenge of her brothers has fascinated and appalled audiences forcenturies. This new Arden edition offers readers a comprehensive, illustratedintroduction to the play's historical, critical and performancehistory. The text is modernised and edited to the highest scholarlystandards, with textual notes and commentary notes on the same page forease of reference. This is the lead title in the launch of The Arden Early ModernDrama Series, a series which offers all the depth and quality ofthinking long associated with the Arden. The edition will be valued bystudents, teachers and theatre professionals.
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Author: Caroline Blackwood

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0345802632

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 295

View: 4457

A portrait of the Duchess of Windsor focuses on her final days and profiles Maitre Blum, one of France's most powerful lawyers, who controlled every aspect of the Duchess' life.
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Author: Bertrice Small

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780739416877

Category: Fiction

Page: 377

View: 4030

Heiress Allegra Morgan agrees to mary the impoverished Quinton Hunter, duke of Sedgwick, but only if never asks for her love.
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Letters of Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J., to the Duchess of Aveiro; an Annotated English Translation, and the Text of the Non-Spanish Documents

Author: Eusebio Francisco Kino,Maria Guadalupe de Lencastre Aveiro (duquesa de)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Pimería Alta (Mexico and Ariz.)

Page: 290

View: 1062

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Author: Emily Bryan

Publisher: Leisure Books

ISBN: 9780843958706

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

View: 9018

Lady Artemisia, Duchess of Southwycke, sets her sights on Trevelyn Deveridge, a model for her latest painting, but he has a secret agenda involving her and her family.
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Author: Neil McGarry,Daniel Ravipinto

Publisher: Peccable Productions

ISBN: 0985014903

Category:

Page: 306

View: 2895

A game is played in the fog-shrouded city of Rodaas, and every citizen, from the nameless of the Shallows to the noblest of the Garden, is a player or a pawn. And no one is as he appears. Not Minette, brothel-keeper and obsessive collector of secrets. Not Uncle Cornelius, fearsome chief of the gang of brutes and murderers known as the Red. Not the cults of Death, Wisdom, and Illumination, eternally scheming and plotting along the Godswalk. And certainly not the orphaned bread girl known as Duchess. Yet armed with nothing more than her wits, her good friend Lysander and a brass mark of dubious origin Duchess will dare to play that game for the most coveted of prizes: initiation into a secret society of thieves, spies and rumormongers who stand supreme in a city where corruption and lies are common coin. The Grey.
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Author: N.A

Publisher: Eternal Press

ISBN: 1897559321

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 4092

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Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410344762

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 26

View: 4941

A Study Guide for John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
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