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The Favourite: The Life of Sarah Churchill and the History Behind the Major Motion Picture

Ophelia Field

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

The scandalous true story of the duchess who became her beloved queen's blackmailer, published in a new and updated edition to coincide with the Oscar-winning film starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

'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 (1660-1774), 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, published in a new and updated edition, 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: The Life of Sarah Churchill and the History Behind the Major Motion Picture

  • 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.

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