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A Passion for Government: The Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough

Frances Harris


Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, was a woman with a ‘passion for government:’ a compulsion to wield power not only in her own family but in public affairs as well. She was the favourite of Queen Anne, the devoted wife and political associate of the Queen's most powerful subject, the passionate ally or bitter enemy of most of the leading public figures of her day, and in her widowhood the effective head of one of England's great families. Despite her stormy relationship with the architect Vanbrugh, she played a major role in the building of Blenheim Palace, one of England's most splendid houses. ... More

Keywords: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, Queen Anne, Vanbrugh, Blenheim Palace, Augustan, the Restoration, Walpole

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frances Harris, author
British Library, London