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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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Defying the Court 1721–1722

Defying the Court 1721–1722

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A Passion for Government


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Although the Court had been set at defiance as Sarah had planned, such however occurred at the wrong time since she also had to tend to certain issuers regarding the legal proceedings that were forthcoming over the Blenheim debts that were incurred before the Queen ended its operations in 1712 since only about a third of the said debt had been paid. The Strongs — those who comprised the most substantial of the master masons involved in such affairs — attempted to obtain the remainder of the debt initially through applying to the treasury, and went directly to Marlborough soon afterwards. While the Duke wanted to bring Sarah's conduct into evidence, Sarah decided to manage conduct of the case herself and this chapter illustrates how several disputes rose from such measures.

Keywords:   Court, Blenheim debts, the Strongs, Duke, legal proceedings

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