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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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Maid of Honour 1673–1678

Maid of Honour 1673–1678

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(p.14) 2 Maid of Honour 1673–1678
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A Passion for Government
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FRANCES HARRIS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.003.0003

Reinforced by her possession of self-assurance and good looks, Sarah's interest shifted away from her improvident family towards, instead, to issues of the Court which concerned much of the nation's affairs. By the time she reached the age of either twelve or thirteen, Sarah Jenyns was declared as one of the four maids of honour —a title for which others sought. This representative group comprised the pretty daughters who come from families who were willing to risk their chastity for finding better matches for them. This chapter narrates how Sarah had made friends with people among the Restoration Court, and how living as a professional courtier did not suit the temperament of the soon-to-be duchess. Also, this chapter tells of Sarah's planned marriage with John Churchill.

Keywords:   Restoration Court, Maid of Honour, professional courtier, marriage, John Churchill

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