Favourite: The Life of Sarah Churchill and the History Behind the Major Motion Picture [Pehme köide]

  • Formaat: Paperback / softback, 592 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 135x207x34 mm, kaal: 448 g, 1x8pp
  • Ilmumisaeg: 29-Nov-2018
  • Kirjastus: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • ISBN-10: 1474605354
  • ISBN-13: 9781474605359
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  • Formaat: Paperback / softback, 592 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 135x207x34 mm, kaal: 448 g, 1x8pp
  • Ilmumisaeg: 29-Nov-2018
  • Kirjastus: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • ISBN-10: 1474605354
  • ISBN-13: 9781474605359
A new and updated edition of Ophelia Field's acclaimed biography of Sarah Churchill, first Duchess of Marlborough (1660-1744).

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.


A great read ... Simply put, the life ( Ophelia) Field documents and interprets with great care shows Sarah to be as remarkable as her many doubters over a couple of centuries could never believe or admit. One pleasure is how often she quotes Sarah, who wasnt a wit but was so frank and trenchant that she is witty in spite of her pragmatic nature ... in ( Ophelia) Fields book, ( Sarah Churchill) remains untethered, a magnificent woman to occasion wonder -- Christopher Rawson * Pittsburgh Post-Gazette * Brilliantly captures the voice of its captivating central character * Choice Pick of the paperbacks * Scholarly but never less than fascinating, Fields debut truly brings to life the complex character of Sarah Churchill and the last of the Stuart courts * Aberdeen Evening Express * A quite astonishing tale -- Mark Kishlansky * London Review of Books * Once you have started reading Ophelia Fields splendid book, it is hard to put it down * The Lady * Ophelia Fields gripping biography of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough recounts the scandalous friendship between the Queen and her favourite -- Jane Shilling * Daily Mail Must Reads * Field has created an unforgettable picture of a remarkable figure ... Instead of fictionalizing her, Field shows how Sarah became a kind of fictional and artistic icon, a symbol of certain kinds of power that remained free of the checks and balances that the new settlement and constitution was bent on establishing. Even after 250 years, she fascinates like nobody else of her time * Sunday Herald * Behind every great man, they say, is a strong woman. Sarah Duchess of Marlborough, the not always cozy confidante of Queen Anne, looms large over the 18th century, and Ophelia Field has done a remarkable - and surely definitive - job in bringing her story to life -- Hugo Vickers, author of Cecil Beaton: The Authorized Biography Field draws effectively on Sarahs letters and self-justifying memoirs to produce a remarkable portrait * Sunday Times * Scholarly, highly articulate, and above all never dull -- John Adamson * Sunday Telegraph * Other historians have skirted around the true nature of Sarah and Annes passionate friendship, with its lesbian overtones, but Ophelia Field tackles the subject courageously ... During her long life Sarah managed to quarrel with almost everyone and took great care in editing her papers to ensure that posterity would know her side of the story, which is covered exhaustively by Field in this impressive debut * The Times * She is a marvellous subject for a biography and Ophelia Fields book, capacious and beautifully detailed, does her full justice. It is the first work by a writer who is a master of her craft * Independent * Nowhere is the subtlety of Ophelia Fields historical understanding more apparent than in her delicate reading of the relationship between Sarah and Anne. That it is Fields first book is something of a wonder ... An outstandingly accomplished debut -- Kathryn Hughes * Guardian * A lively and provocative biography of a fascinating woman, which is crafted with style and vivacity. I am sure it will appeal to both scholars and the general reading public alike -- Alison Weir, author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII A masterly biography which brilliantly captures the power and passion of its subject. This is an exemplary study of an extraordinary woman -- Anne Somerset, author of Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion This is an incredible story crackling with royal passion, envy, ambition and betrayal, and Fields account of the psychological power play between Queen Anne and her confidante is surely definitive. A tour de force -- Lucy Worsley, author of Jane Austen at Home and Queen Victoria
Note on the Revised Edition xi
Acknowledgements xiii
List of Illustration
Prologue 1(6)
1 Miss Jennings
2 `Flames of Extravagant Passion'
3 The Cockpit Circle
4 The Glass Ceiling
5 `Driving the Nail'
6 `Raised from the Dust'
7 `Noise of the Town'
8 The Good Hater
9 Banished
10 `A Kind of Author'
11 Dowager
12 A Dozen Heirs
13 `A Flight for Fame'
14 Afterlife
Notes 489(44)
Bibliography 533(20)
Index 553
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.