The Bachelor Duke by James Lees-Milne
6th Duke of Devenshire, 1790-1858

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A biography of the 6th Duke of Devonshire, William Spencer Cavendish, friend of Joseph Paxton and patron of the arts. This book examines his role as Lord Chamberlain, confidant of various Prime Ministers and landlord of Chatsworth House.

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Published December 1, 1991 by John Murray Publishers Ltd. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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British biographer-diarist Lees-Milne's (Ancient as the Hills) attempt to portray Cavendish as a progressive liberal who championed middle-class electoral rights and the Irish Catholic struggle seems beside the point because, as the author concedes, the duke was an indolent politician and intende...

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The party included the Duke’s mistress, Lady Elizabeth Foster, and his four young children, two of them by Lady Elizabeth, whose company Georgiana ‘for reasons best known to herself ...

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