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A Passion for GovernmentThe Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough$
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Frances Harris

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
A Passion for Government


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As the life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, began during the period when monarchy was restored after the second Jacobite rebellion ended a rather unstable commonwealth regime, the Duchess believed that ‘the World is subject to frequent Revolutions’. This Queen was one of England's favorites, and although she effectively headed one of the great families of England, she had been enemy to several politicians during her time. While there have already been several writings about her and her personal relationships, her involvement and passion for politics and her various administrative labours have yet been given much attention. This chapter introduces the Queen as a woman who was not without a ‘Passion for Government’. It also states she was much inclined with issues regarding how power was the object of struggle between the Parliament and the sovereign.

Keywords:   Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, revolution, England, government, politics, power, Parliament, sovereign

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