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              The Duchess Countess

              The Duchess Countess (Hardback)

              By Ostler, Catherine

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              The remarkable story of the 18th century aristocrat who scandalised the nation

              ISBN 9781471172564
              Released NZ 1 Apr 2021
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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              The Duchess Countess

              The Duchess Countess (Trade Paperback / Paperback, ANZ Only)

              By Ostler, Catherine

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              'Outrageously scandalous, soaked in sex and money, aristocracy, adventure and grandeur... Catherine Ostler, accomplished storyteller, is the perfect writer to restore the Duchess Countess to life' Simon Sebag Montefiore When the glamorous Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston ...and Countess of Bristol, went on trial in Westminster for bigamy in April 1776, the story drew more attention in society than the American War of Independence. Now, in Catherine Ostler's brilliantly told and evocative biography, we get to see the full story of how Elizabeth came to be there and how she responded to what should have been the most humiliating episode of her life. Born in relatively modest circumstances, Elizabeth's father died when she was only five, leaving her vulnerable and eventually ensuring that marriage was the best way for her to secure her future. What followed included a clandestine, candlelit wedding to a young earl who immediately set sail on his travels, and an appearance at a masquerade ball in a transparent dress that caught the eye of the Duke of Kingston. Soon they too were married, but when he died and left his inheritance to her, his children from a previous marriage decided to look into her past and contest the will. Rather than backing from the limelight, Elizabeth went on a Grand Tour of Europe, being welcomed by the Pope, Frederick the Great and Catherine the Great among others. In a world where a woman's place was severely circumscribed, Elizabeth had found a way to plough her own path as a spirited adventuress, and very much a pioneer for modern celebrity culture.
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              ISBN 9781471196058
              Released NZ 7 Apr 2021
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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              The Duchess Countess
               

              The Duchess Countess (Paperback)

              By Ostler, Catherine

              • RRP: $26.99
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              • Pub Date
                1 Apr 22

              The remarkable story of the 18th century aristocrat who scandalised the nation

              ISBN 9781471172588
              Released NZ 1 Apr 2022
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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              The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalized Eighteenth Century London
                 

              The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalized Eighteenth Century London (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Ostler, Catherine

              • RRP: $95.50
              • $74.15
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                9 Nov 21

              This funny, intelligent, witty, profound (Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author) look at the stylish and scandalous Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston--a woman whose adventurous life led to an infamous bigamy trial that was bigger news in British society than th...e American War of Independence--provides a clear-eyed and fascinating look into the sumptuous Georgian Era.As maid of honor to the Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Chudleigh enjoyed a luxurious life in the inner circle of the Hanoverian court. With her extraordinary style and engaging wit, she both delighted and scandalized the press and public. She would later even inspire William Thackery when he was writing his classic Vanity Fair, providing the inspiration for the alluring social climber Becky Sharp. But Elizabeth's real story is more complex and surprising than anything out of fiction. A clandestine, candlelit wedding to the young heir to an earldom, a second marriage to a duke, a lust for diamonds and an electrifying appearance at a masquerade ball in a gossamer dress--it's no wonder that Elizabeth's eventual trial was a sensation. Charged with bigamy, an accusation she vehemently fought against, Elizabeth refused to submit to public humiliation and retire quietly. Perfect for fans of The Duchess and Women of Means, this long overdue and evocative biography reappraises Elizabeth's remarkable story, and out of the past comes an incredibly modern woman who defied society's expectations of her.
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              ISBN 9781797134994
              Released NZ 9 Nov 2021
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
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              The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalized Eighteenth Century London
                

              The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalized Eighteenth Century London (Hardback)

              By Ostler, Catherine

              • RRP: $63.99
              • $49.44
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              • Pub Date
                9 Nov 21

              This funny, intelligent, witty, profound (Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author) look at the stylish and scandalous Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston--a woman whose adventurous life led to an infamous bigamy trial that was bigger news in British society than th...e American War of Independence--provides a clear-eyed and fascinating look into the sumptuous Georgian Era. As maid of honor to the Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Chudleigh enjoyed a luxurious life in the inner circle of the Hanoverian court. With her extraordinary style and engaging wit, she both delighted and scandalized the press and public. She would later even inspire William Thackery when he was writing his classic Vanity Fair, providing the inspiration for the alluring social climber Becky Sharp. But Elizabeth's real story is more complex and surprising than anything out of fiction. A clandestine, candlelit wedding to the young heir to an earldom, a second marriage to a duke, a lust for diamonds and an electrifying appearance at a masquerade ball in a gossamer dress--it's no wonder that Elizabeth's eventual trial was a sensation. Charged with bigamy, an accusation she vehemently fought against, Elizabeth refused to submit to public humiliation and retire quietly. Perfect for fans of The Duchess and Women of Means, this long overdue and evocative biography reappraises Elizabeth's remarkable story, and out of the past comes an incredibly modern woman who defied society's expectations of her.
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              ISBN 9781982179731
              Released NZ 9 Nov 2021
              Publisher Atria Books
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              Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 9 Nov 2021
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