Disgracing Her Grace
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After the Duke of Kingston’s death in 1773, three years before his widow’s trial, Elizabeth Pierrepont, dowager Duchess of Kingston, found that her exalted rank did not guarantee her friends, or even respect. Although she had been a duchess for only four years, she acted as if she had been born into the aristocracy and had a naive faith that her exalted rank would guarantee her the polite respect of her peers. She would soon learn that class solidarity was a fleeting thing among the British aristocracy and that wealth and celebrity were double-edged swords.
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