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2 monthes ago   |   By TLS

The authors of this life of the 9th Duke of Marlborough - one of whom is a great-grandson of the Duke - have set themselves a difficult task: to persuade the reader that this proud, self-important, crushingly superior Edwardian aristocrat merits the rehab­ilitation they intend. With good reason Sunny Marlborough - the nickname is an abbreviation of his courtesy title, Earl of Sunderland, rather than an ironic comment on his decidedly taciturn nature - is a mostly forgotten figure, lacking in charisma, his record of public service dutiful but middling given the opportunities his rank...
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