Frances Harris

in The General in Winter

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780198802440
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191840746 | DOI:

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The seventh chapter describes the annus mirabilis of the Marlborough-Godolphin partnership. With Italy and Spain the priorities, Marlborough is given discretionary instructions to march to save Turin. Instead he uses these to induce the Dutch to let him give battle in Flanders. His second great victory at Ramillies wins the Spanish Netherlands back from France and Marlborough is offered the governorship. With success in Spain and Italy, complete success seems in sight. But the Habsburgs lose their opportunity in Spain, the Dutch deny Marlborough the governorship, and the Whigs demand cabinet office for Marlborough’s son-in-law Sunderland, whom the queen dislikes. Godolphin says that if Marlborough will not return and support him he must resign. Believing that they need only one more year to achieve their objectives, Marlborough agrees, but also helps to rebalance the parties. The Whigs are discontented again and Harley now has the queen’s ear.

Keywords: Duke of Marlborough; Lord Godolphin; Ramillies; Spanish Netherlands; United Provinces; Italy; Union; Earl of Sunderland; Queen Anne

Chapter.  17183 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) ; Social and Cultural History

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