The Duchess Georgiana — A Modern 18th Century Woman
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Keira Knightley is very good in The Duchess as Georgiana Spencer, the Duchess of Devonshire. When the film came out in 2008 apparently much was made of her distant relationship to Diana, Princess of Wales, who was her great-great-grandniece. But Georgiana's life is so interesting that modern parallels are unnecessary.
When we first see Georgiana she is seventeen, very young and very excited to become a duchess. She thinks herself a fairy princess. But the reality sets in almost immediately. Her husband the duke, played by Ralph Fiennes, is a lot older, and not at all wiser. He may be of the highest nobility, but he he is also a rough and tumble personality type, who thinks far mor of his dogs than any humans he might encounter. He views Georgiana only as a tool to provide him with an heir. Like so many royal wives before her, she disappoints him with a daughter, and then ... another.
|Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, with Lady Elizabeth Foster, by Jean-Urbain Guérin, painting on ivory, circa 1791|
I was so captivated by this film and Knightley's performance that I picked up the book,Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire and am looking forward to learning even more about this original and independent 18th century woman.
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