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An Account of the Conduct of the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough from his First coming to Court to the Yer 1710 In a Letter from Herself to my Lord

By Nathaniel Hooke; Dowager Duchess of Marlborough

1742

George Hawkins : London

8" by 5"

316pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

The first edition of this work regarding the influential courtier, formidable character, and close friend of Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Malborough. Churchill penned this work in an attempt to improve her reputation.

Churchill was a close friend of Queen Anne, and became the most influential woman in court. Her roles involved being Mistress of the Robes, Groom of the Stole, Keeper of the Privy Purse and Ranger of Windsor Great Park. Her husband was also held in high esteem in court life. She had great influence over her husband and her friend Godolphin who was also one of the most powerful men in the country. At a time where women did not hold much influence and power, Sarah Churchill was determined to stand for what she believed in and was regarded as a good businesswoman. It is believed that Sarah's temperament is one of the major causes of her and the Queen's friendship to break down in 1710. There were also political differences between the pair, Anne was a Tory and Sarah was a Whig who fought for the Whig cause. The Queen's friendship with Sarah's cousin, Abigail Masham, also created tension between the pair. Churchill was not afraid to be blunt with the Queen and sometimes dominated her, which resulted in strain on their relationship. In contrast, Abigail was flattering to the queen. Following her dismissal from the court, the Churchill's spent a lot of time in Europe. The friendship never recovered. Following Anne's death Sarah was still not regarded favourably in court despite Queen Caroline's initial attempts to cultivate a friendship. This work was written as an attempt to approve her reputation by providing biographical information on her time in Queen Anne's court. With the press figure '4' to page 94 and the press figure '3' to page 109. Therefore, this is ESTC no. N16618. Written with the assistance of Franco-Irish Jacobite soldier and envoy for the King of France, Nathaniel Hooke. This biographical work is an account of Malborough's courtier life prior to her dismissal in 1710. A fascinating story of a woman who survived in national and international politics when it was very much a man's world.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Externally, generally smart with some mild rubbing to the joints and extremities. Crack to the front joint, resulting in the hinge starting but remaining firm. Rear hinge is strained but firm. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown, J Fr G. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Small tidemarks to the page edges. Otherwise, just the odd spots.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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