History explorer: Politics and power in Georgian Britain

Ellie Cawthorne and Hannah Greig explore Chatsworth, the seat of the most influential woman of her age, Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire

Chatsworth House

This article was first published in the February 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

When asked to describe Chatsworth, one word immediately springs to mind – extravagant. As I approach the house over rolling Derbyshire hills dotted with grazing sheep, its gilt-edged windows glint in the sun, hinting at the opulence inside.

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