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By Frances Harris

'The glories of the Age of Anne' — the union of britain and Scotland to shape 'this island of Britain', and its institution as a eu and an international strength — have been the achievements of 2 males certainly: Queen Anne's captain-general, John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, and her Lord Treasurer, Sidney, first Earl of Godolphin, of whom it was once stated that every 'was the best of his sort that barely any age has afforded'. Their partnership not just embodied
the rising military-fiscal kingdom; it was once additionally an in depth and lifetime friendship which totally encompassed Marlborough's appealing and tempestuous spouse Sarah. Tracing the partnership because it proved itself in a succession of successful summer season campaigns within the box and bitterly contested 'winter campaigns'
at court docket and in parliament connects and illuminates features of a posh interval that are usually studied in isolation. yet used to be the partnership after all too winning, too self-contained, too collectively supportive; a perilous focus of energy and a risk to the queen and the structure? 'Rebellion and blood' have been continually undercurrents of the glories of the final Stuart reign. A dynasty may come to an finish with Queen Anne's lifestyles and a contested succession relied on the outcome
of the eu conflict that occupied nearly the entire of her reign. it is a tale of operatic depth: of sovereignty and ambition, glory and defeat, yet, specifically, of affection and friendship proved within the toughest use. Its severe human curiosity and audible voices light up a conflicted interval which
helped to figure out the process smooth world.

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