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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 Patriots’ Prophetess 1736–1741

The Patriots’ Prophetess 1736–1741

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Although Sarah had declared several times earlier that she would be nearing her death because of her old age, disputes that came about with her grandchildren seemed to have persisted. Because nothing seemed to have served as compensation for losing Diana, the Duke of Bedford went into a savage mood that lead him to collapse and he soon turned on Marlborough. As Sarah discovered that the Duke veered away from fulfilling his promises to her and made various modifications at Windsor, Sarah initially claimed to have dealt with this crisis in a calm manner. However, she soon ordered a team of men to destroy whatever the Duke had initiated. Because she was still angry, she refused to help Marlborough when he approached her for help regarding the Trust income to pay his debts. As such, Sarah's passion for politics seemed more important that any of her personal relationships.

Keywords:   Duke of Bedford, Marlborough, Trust, debt payment, politics

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