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The Favourite

Ophelia Field

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United Kingdom, Great Britain, Biography: historical, political & military, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

A new and updated edition of Ophelia Field's acclaimed biography of Sarah Churchill, first Duchess of Marlborough (1660-1744).

'An incredible story crackling with royal passion, envy, ambition and betrayal ... Field's account of the psychological power play between Queen Anne and her confidante is surely definitive. A tour de force' Lucy Worsley

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, was as glamorous as she was controversial. Politically influential and independently powerful, she was an intimate, and then a blackmailer, of Queen Anne, accusing her of keeping lesbian favourites - including Sarah's own cousin Abigail Masham.

Ophelia Field's masterly biography brings Sarah Churchill's own voice, passionate and intelligent, back to life. Here is an unforgettable portrait of a woman who cared intensely about how we would remember her.

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Praise for The Favourite

  • A lively and provocative biography of a fascinating woman, which is crafted with style and vivacity ... It will appeal to both scholars and the general reading public alike

  • A masterly biography which brilliantly captures the power and passion of its subject. This is an exemplary study of an extraordinary woman

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Ophelia Field

Ophelia Field was born in Australia and educated at Christ Church, Oxford and the London School of Economics. She has worked as a policy analyst for a number of refugee and human rights organisations and currently lives in London and New York.