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The Favourite

Autor Ophelia Field
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 29 noi 2018

Sarah Churchill, 1st Duchess of Marlborough, was the glamorous and controversial subject of hundreds of satires, newspaper articles and publications both during her lifetime and after her death. Tied to Queen Anne by an intimate friendship, Sarah hoped to wield power equal to that of a government minister. When their relationship soured, she blackmailed Anne with letters revealing their intimacy and accused her of perverting the course of national affairs by keeping lesbian favorites - including Sarah's own cousin Abigail Masham. Sarah was a compulsive and compelling writer, narrating the major events of life at Blenheim Palace and at court with herself often center-stage. Attacked for traits that might have been applauded in a man, she was also capable of inspiring intense love and loyalty, deeply committed to her principles and to living what she believed to be a virtuous life. This biography brings Sarah Churchill's own voice, passionate and intelligent, back to life, and casts a critical eye over images of the Duchess handed down through art, history and literature. Here is an unforgettable portrait of a woman who cared intensely about how we would remember her.
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ISBN-13: 9781474605359
ISBN-10: 1474605354
Pagini: 592
Ilustrații: 1x8pp
Dimensiuni: 207 x 135 x 34 mm
Greutate: 0.45 kg
Editura: Orion Publishing Group

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Sarah Churchill, 1st Duchess of Marlborough, was the glamorous and controversial subject of hundreds of satires, newspaper articles and publications both during her lifetime and after her death. Tied to Queen Anne by an intimate friendship, Sarah hoped to wield power equal to that of a government minister. When their relationship soured, she blackmailed Anne with letters revealing their intimacy and accused her of perverting the course of national affairs by keeping lesbian favorites - including Sarah's own cousin Abigail Masham.

Sarah was a compulsive and compelling writer, narrating the major events of life at Blenheim Palace and at court with herself often center-stage. Attacked for traits that might have been applauded in a man, she was also capable of inspiring intense love and loyalty, deeply committed to her principles and to living what she believed to be a virtuous life. This biography brings Sarah Churchill's own voice, passionate and intelligent, back to life, and casts a critical eye over images of the Duchess handed down through art, history and literature. Here is an unforgettable portrait of a woman who cared intensely about how we would remember her.


Notă biografică

Ophelia Field was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and the London School of Economics. She has worked as a policy analyst and consultant for a wide range of refugee and human rights organisations, including Human Rights Watch, UNHCR, English PEN and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Simultaneously, Ophelia researched and wrote The Favourite, originally published in 2002, and The Kit-Cat Club, which in 2008 was selected by the Financial Times as one of their History Books of the Year. She lives in London, with her partner and children.