Georgiana Spencer became the Duchess of Devonshire in 1774 and was the undisputed queen of fashionable society, an influential hostess and an important figure in the Whig party. Yet her story is one of cruel disappointments and personal suffering. Adored as she was by the public at large, she was incapable of satisfying her husband, who preferred instead her best friend. Her extravagances brought insurmountable debts and ignominy; her search for love brought her pain and disgrace. This is a written account of one of the great figures of the late eighteenth century, an icon in nher own time and a fascinating foil for our own.