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The General in Winter: The Marlborough-Godolphin Friendship and the Reign of Anne

Frances Harris


The book tells the story of the ‘glories of the age of Anne’: the union of England and Scotland to form Great Britain and its establishment, through the victories of the War of the Spanish Succession, as a European and a global power. This was the achievement of two men above all: Queen Anne’s Captain-General, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and her Lord Treasurer, Sidney, 1st Earl of Godolphin, of whom it was said that each ‘was the greatest of his kind that hardly any age has afforded’. Their partnership not only embodied the emerging military-fiscal state; it was also a close and l ... More

Keywords: Duke of Marlborough, Lord Godolphin, Queen Anne, friendship, Union, War of the Spanish Succession, military-fiscal state, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198802440
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198802440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frances Harris, author
Former Head of Modern Historical Manuscripts, British Library