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

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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 Golden Globe-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.

Author: Ophelia Field

Paperback  Published 1 December 2018  

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