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  Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough Tuesday 11 June 2002  
Like many of her Stuart forebears, Queen Anne made few decisions without consulting her favourite - an astute and well connected advisor to whom she deferred on everything from foreign policy to party politics.

But controversially, Queen Anne's favourite was not only a woman but also the object of her very passionate affection. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough rose from a modest upbringing to become one of the most powerful women of the eighteenth century.
Jenni talks to Ophelia Field, the author The Favourite, a new biography of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough.
Ophelia Field, The Favourite, Hodder & Stoughton General; ISBN: 034076807X, £20

Link to a portrait of Sarah Duchess of Marlborough by Sir Godfrey Kneller on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London
Blenheim Palace
The Later Stuarts at the National Portrait Gallery

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