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The General in Winter

Frances Harris

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780198802440
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191840746 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198802440.001.0001
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The book tells the story of the ‘glories of the age of Anne’: the union of England and Scotland to form Great Britain and its establishment, through the victories of the War of the Spanish Succession, as a European and a global power. This was the achievement of two men above all: Queen Anne’s Captain-General, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and her Lord Treasurer, Sidney, 1st Earl of Godolphin, of whom it was said that each ‘was the greatest of his kind that hardly any age has afforded’. Their partnership not only embodied the emerging military-fiscal state; it was also a close and lifelong friendship which fully encompassed Marlborough’s beautiful and tempestuous wife Sarah. Tracing the partnership as it proved itself in a succession of victorious summer campaigns in the field and bitterly contested ‘winter campaigns’ at home connects aspects of a complex period which are often studied in isolation. But was the partnership in the end too successful, too self-contained, too mutually supportive; a dangerous concentration of power in fact and a threat to the queen and the constitution? ‘Rebellion and blood’ were always undercurrents of the last Stuart reign. A troubled dynasty would end with Queen Anne’s death and a contested succession depended on the outcome of the European war that occupied almost the whole of her reign. This is a story of sovereignty and ambition, glory and defeat, but above all of love and friendship, which helped to shape the modern world.

Keywords: Duke of Marlborough; Lord Godolphin; Queen Anne; friendship; Union; War of the Spanish Succession; military-fiscal state; Sarah; Duchess of Marlborough

Book.  416 pages.  Illustrated.

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

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