Exit the Duke

  • Matthew J. Kinservik
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Elizabeth and the duke enjoyed a quiet married life together. Although the duke had never been much in the public eye, Elizabeth’s quiet conduct as a duchess stands in strong contrast to her earlier days when she lived for attention and London’s diversions. But this is not altogether surprising: upon their marriage, she was forty-eight years old and the duke was fifty-eight. Their interests now took them away from the glittering round of fashionable metropolitan life and to the more domestic comforts of home, hunting, and the company of close friends and neighbors. After their marriage, the duke sold his house in Arlington Street and the couple began to spend more and more time away from London, enjoying Thoresby, their new Nottinghamshire villa.


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Chapter 7

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