- English Social History
- Margaret Argyll, The Duchess Who Dared
Margaret Argyll, The Duchess Who Dared
Castle, Charles. The Duchess Who Dared, The Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. First Edition. 1994. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition.
There are two lessons to be learned from this interesting biography. The first is not to leave tucked away in a desk a Polaroid of oneself naked but for a strand of pearls cavorting with a “headless” man not one’s husband. The second is not to fire the man hired to ghostwrite one’s memoirs, as Margaret did with this author after he landed a hefty advance for her. Her memoir, Forget Not, was the result. However, this author also forgot not. He used his taped interviews with her as the basis for this book, considerably franker than Margaret’s own. With the recent mini-series on the Duchess, this book is now difficult to find in hardcover.
“Although Margaret’s second marriage, to the Duke of Argyll, lasted only ten years, her divorce from him was the longest, costliest and most scandalous in British divorce history.”