This is the biography of the Duchess of Devonshire, a beautiful woman of fashion, a great politician and a compulsive gambler who lived in the middle of a strange menage a trois.
I have seen the film The Duchess that was based on this biography. While the film only stood out for the beauty of the costumes, this well-researched biography that I was lucky enough to find in my cousin's husband's library captures a whole period of British history through the charisma of one woman. Most of the facts that Amanda Foreman discusses in this book were found in her correspondence and the ones of those who were close to her. This means there are holes and a few aspects of her life we wish we knew more about. However, this is overall a very satisfying biography that made me feel like I have known her.