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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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‘Terrible Battles’1708–1709

‘Terrible Battles’1708–1709

(p.141) 10 ‘Terrible Battles’1708–1709
A Passion for Government


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Sarah's loss of favour was becoming no longer a secret because of all the publicity and issues that accompanied Harley's resignation. Because Harley allegedly had allies among the bedchamberwomen of the Queen, Harley was able to boast about how he had the power to play anybody even after his resignation. Because a new favourite rose to a post, the problems of Marlborough and the Whigs were only half solved. As such, some of the Whigs suggested that both Abigail Masham — Sarah's rival — and Sarah could not stay in the Court at the same time, and that Abigail should be dismissed through a parliamentary address. This chapter looks into the Maynwaring's motives of becoming one of Sarah's confidantes. Also, it explores the various political issues that were brought up during that period.

Keywords:   loss of favour, Harley's resignation, Abigail Masham, Maynwaring, political issues

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