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 eleventh chapter traces the downfall of the partnership between Marlborough and Godolphin. The public trial of the High Church demagogue Dr Henry Sacheverell reinforces the perception of a dangerous alliance between an ambitious general and an anti-monarchical party. Marlborough opens the campaign vigorously, but both his operations and the peace negotiations at Gertruydenberg come to nothing. Under Harley’s guidance the queen begins to rid herself of the Whigs. With the public credit in decline Marlborough and Godolphin accept that they can’t make peace or war as they are. They and the Whigs effectively abandon one other, though Marlborough and Godolphin reaffirm their partnership. When Harley finally induces the reluctant queen to dismiss Godolphin, he urges Marlborough to stay on to give the new ministry a chance to establish itself and achieve peace. Marlborough is obliged to procure his wife’s resignation, although he is able to keep her from being publicly disgraced.

Keywords: Duke of Marlborough; Lord Godolphin; Sacheverell trial; Gertruydenberg negotiations; Duke of Shrewsbury; Robert Harley; public credit; Sarah; Duchess of Marlborough

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

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