Several quotes from Jane Austen's Juveniliasummarize this well; the first is from Catharine or the Bowerwhere Catharine sums up a new acquaintance:
Georgiana was brought up to be accomplished, but not too bookish, with a keen emphasis on etiquette. In short, she was raised to make a brilliant marriage.
An illustrious marriage Georgiana married William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, on 7 Juneher 17th birthday. The Duke was extremely reserved and ill-matched to the emotionally demonstrative Georgiana.
All he required of Georgiana was to provide him with an heir and this she seemed unable to do. Marriage in regency england of fashion Starved of the affection she craved, Georgiana threw herself into the fashionable world.
The Duchess became the darling of the Beau Monde. Where Georgiana led, the ton followed. She set the fashions, whether for three foot high ostrich feathers or tall towers of hair with elaborate decorations or, later, the penchant for free-flowing muslin dresses tied simply with ribbon round the waist.
Devonshire House became the hub of the Whig party and Georgiana their leading hostess. InGeorgiana appeared on the hustings for the general election beside Charles James Fox, leader of the Whig party.
Inwhen Fox was struggling to keep his seat in the Westminster electionGeorgiana and her sister went amongst the electorate, canvassing for votes for Fox.
Their actions were successful and Fox held his seat, but the press was humiliating, accusing Georgiana of exchanging kisses for votes and forcing her to take a less visible role in the future. Debts, debts and more debts Georgiana was extravagant and gave the most splendid parties.
But her real downfall was her addiction to gambling, resulting in ever-increasing debts which she did her best to hide from the Duke, placing a constant strain on her life. When she eventually confessed to her debts, it seemed for a while as if the Duke would divorce her, but instead he treated her with great forbearance.
She was separated from her husband and living in restricted circumstances and eagerly seized the opportunity to improve her situation. Lady Elizabeth, known as Bess, attached herself to Georgiana and was invited to return home with them.
A devoted mother Finally, inGeorgiana, known as Little G, was born. Her sister, Harriet, known as Harryo, followed two years later, but it was not untilwhen the hope of her ever producing an heir had almost disappeared, that William, Marquess of Hartington, known as Hart, was born.
She embarked upon an affair, but in she faced the worst crisis of her life when she discovered that she was carrying his child. The Duke gave her an ultimatum: Grey was furious when she chose her children over him. She was never able to openly acknowledge her motherhood, although she did visit her daughter.
Eventually, the Duke sent word that she could return and in the autumn ofshe arrived in England after a two year absence. Recluse For several years following her exile, Georgiana lived a quiet life at Chatsworth House.
She suffered a severe eye infection, possibly a tumour, which left her blind in one eye and her face scarred from the primitive treatment that she had received. She rekindled her friendship with the Prince of Wales and became one of his main advisors.
Chatsworth House today See more of Chatsworth in my photo tour of Chatsworth. An intelligent woman Georgiana is usually associated with her extravagant behaviour, but there is a different side to her which is often overlooked.
She was both a writer and a scientist. In 2, she published a satire, The Sylphand she also wrote a number of poems, including The Passage of the Mountain of St Gothard and verses to accompany the bust of Charles James Fox at Woburn.
Discover more about Georgiana in my blog post:George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, was 48 when he was appointed Prince Regent to his father, King George III.
The Regency would be a convenient label for a brilliant period in architecture and the arts, but the prince himself was not highly regarded.
The Regency Acts are Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed at various times, to provide a regent in the event of the reigning monarch being incapacitated or a minor (under the age of 18).
Prior to , Regency Acts were passed only when necessary to deal with a specific situation. In , the Regency Act made general provision for a regent, and established the office of. Mrs. Bennet. Mrs. Bennet is a miraculously tiresome character. Noisy and foolish, she is a woman consumed by the desire to see her daughters married and seems to care for nothing else in the world.
Lady Georgiana Spencer was born in Althorp, Northamptonshire, on 7 June She was the eldest daughter of John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer, one of the richest men in England.
If you’ve been following all my scandalous (gasp!) posts about all the underpinnings a Regency lady wore, but wished for a quick overall in one place, this post is for you.
Courting and Marriage in the Regency. By Cheryl Bolen. Engagements and marriages in the Regency were so vastly different than they are today that when an author "modernizes" these customs, it makes her book a wallbanger (as in throwing at the wall) to me.