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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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The Queen and Sir Robert 1726–1730

The Queen and Sir Robert 1726–1730

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As Sarah was facing the effects brought on by old age, she also experienced a severe case of ‘gout’ — seemingly a form of arthritis or rheumatism which was further worsened by scurvy — which left her unable to walk for weeks and she was therefore suffering from progressive disability. Although she appeared to have recovered over the summer of that year from all the usual winter illnesses, her limbs were getting weaker and the attacks seemed to be lasting longer. However, Sarah still had an interest in political issues and believed that Walpole possessed a distorted perception of Whig principles.

Keywords:   gout, progressive disability, political issues, Whigs, Tories, Walpole

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