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The Duchess - Amanda Foreman, Wanda McCaddon British Aristocracy - 18th C. Unabridged.From wiki: Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (née Spencer) 7 June 1757 – 30 March 1806 was the first wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire, and mother of the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Her father, the 1st Earl Spencer, was a great-grandson of the 1st Duke of Marlborough. Her niece was Lady Caroline Lamb. She is an ancestor (via her illegitimate daughter Eliza Courtney) of Sarah, Duchess of York. She is also related to Diana, Princess of Wales, who was her great-great-grandniece.What a shame that Diana hadn't studied her family history then she may not have mirrored the unloved brood mare profile, having to share her husband in a three-way marriage.Lots of fun moments à la 'the past is a foreign country': she was so calmed by being bled that she slept peaceably all night, however the authorial whitewashing of destructive behaviours and coaxing us to sympathise, renders this otherwise brilliant biography, flawed.Great debut.********Yeehaw! There is a 2008 film to look out for:Keira Knightley ... Georgiana Ralph Fiennes ... The Duke Charlotte Rampling ... Lady Spencer Dominic Cooper ... Charles Grey Hayley Atwell ... Bess Foster Simon McBurney ... Charles Fox Aidan McArdle ... Richard Sheridan John Shrapnel ... General Grey Alistair Petrie ... Heaton Patrick Godfrey ... Dr. Neville