WATCHING NOW, READING LATER: THE DUCHESS (Amanda Foreman)
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, lived during a period of rapid change, as 18th century aristocracy. She was beautiful, powerful, and trapped-by-situation as woman at a time when women’s roles were strictly defined as bearers-of-male-heirs. The Duchess struggled against her oppression, and paid the price…
I know I was handsome … and have always been fashionable, but I do assure you,” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, wrote to her daughter at the end of her life, “our negligence and ommissions have been forgiven and we have been loved, more from our being free from airs than from any other circumstance.”* Lacking airs was only part of her charm. She had always fascinated people. According to the retired French diplomat Louis Dutens, who wrote a memoir of English society in the 1780s and 1790s, “When she appeared, every eye was turned towards her; when absent, she was the subject of universal conversation.” (Amanda Foreman, The Duchess)
While the movie is thoroughly compelling, I cannot wait to read the novel!
Salute, to strong women, and good reads! xxx c