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The Favourite: The Real-Life Power Struggle Between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill

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How much power did girls have within the court of Queen Anne?

Archived from the unique on 13 November 2018. In the next 12 months, although she was Duchess of Marlborough, Sarah was dismissed from Court. Abigail, now often known as Lady Masham, took her place as Keeper of the Privy Purse. In 1711, the ministers, intent on bringing about the disgrace of Marlborough and arranging the Peace of Utrecht, found it necessary to secure their position within the House of Lords by creating twelve new peers. One of them was Samuel Masham, Abigail’s husband, who was created Baron Masham, although the Queen confirmed some reluctance to boost her bedchamber girl to a place in which she may prove herself much less ready to offer her personal services to the Queen.

Her trajectory is unpredictable, a direct contradiction to the stifling decorum of … Read More