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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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Family Fortunes

Family Fortunes

(p.7) 1 Family Fortunes
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Initially, the Queen's family could be considered one of those that were relatively well-off since they owned several estates in Somerset, Hertfordshire, and Kent. This changed, however, as the land had to be divided among Sir John Jenyns' ‘great charge of children’. Also, Richard Jenyns and his wife Frances Thornhurst —the Duchess' parents —did not know where to obtain financial sources since their property near Bristol was affected by the then Civil War. This chapter discusses both the fortunes and misfortunes experienced by Sarah's family. As the chapter attempts to clarify any misconceptions about how her childhood was perceived to be free from any disputes over wealth, the chapter also introduces how Sarah had become obsessed with women's financial independence that was brought about by the struggles experienced by her mother.

Keywords:   family, estates, Somerset, Hertfordshire, Kent, Richard Jenyns, Frances Thornhurst, financial independence

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