Monday, December 29, 2008

Talk about someone to look up to!

This month has been the month of complete surprises movie wise. I absolutely love movies about Renaissance and Victorian women but The Duchess took me for a ride. Brilliant, beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring, are all words I'd use to describe Keira Knightley as the Duchess of Devenshire. Married to a man she barely knows with the intention that she will fulfill her duties to give the Duke a male child. At the time I guess it would have thrown the whole dynamics for a loop if they told people back then that the man actually determines the sex of the child not the woman.

Based on the real life story of the real Duchess of Devenshire, a great great great ancestor of Princess Diana, her life really brings to the surface what it means to be a strong woman. Her husband "loves" every woman in town other than her, she is forced to endure pregnancy after pregnancy with tons of miscarriages and still borns in hopes to give birth to a son, she is forced to raise a daughter that came from an affair her husband had, and her marriage is completely loveless. Though divorce was a possibility back then with a powerful husband that becomes a pretty tough reality. She does find solace in one woman friend she has who in the end betrays her in the worst way.

I really don't want to give the whole story away for those of you who are not history buffs that do not know how it goes. But there is a pretty sexy affair with the future Earl Grey. I found myself admiring The Duchess and crying uncontrollably for her losses. Thank goodness everyone in the house was asleep when I watched it as I spent a good twenty minutes sobbing on the couch during one part of the movie.

I first watched The Duchess on my standard tv in the bedroom and then later watched it on bluray on my big screen. The Duchess is not necessarily the sort of movie I would have thought about the benefits of bluray but the gorgeous dresses, castles, and scenery of England lends itself perfectly to The Duchess in bluray. There are not a ton of extras in the bluray edition which is very unusual but there is a feature that looks at the life of the real Duchess of Devenshire which is well worth the watch.

Do be warned though The Duchess is for adult viewers only. There are some mild nuity, sexual conduct and adult issues.

The Duchess is available right now on DVD and you can pick up your copy at Amazon.

I have three copies of The Duchess to give away to my readers!
To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out The Duchess and tell me who is your renissance or victorian hero!
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    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Jan 15th at midnight!

166 Comments:

Kimberly L said...

I'm not really sure if he can be considered a hero, however is someone from the Victorian age that I admire. That would be Charles Dickens.

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mverno said...

i always liked sherlock holmes

Aisling said...

I cry every time I read the story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Her foolish behavior caused so many of her own problems, but she really never had anyone to provide wise guidance.

keith said...

old queen vic herself, thank you

Karen said...

Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Kim said...

Duuuh--Queen Victoria!!! ;)

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Shelley said...

I would have to go with Mary Queen of Scotts. I just finished a reallly good book on her (one of those "historical fiction ones") but it was SO interesting!!) I just really find that would era so fascinating. (Of course Anne Boyeln too was pretty interesting but she didn't end up so well, did she...and for that matter, neither did Mary Queen of Scotts, but at least she became a Saint!! Not so, poor ole Anne Boyeln. LOL!

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clenna said...

I think that Catherine, King Henry's first wife is someone i admire. She put up with Henry and fought for her daughter to become Queen.

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Misty said...

id have to say Queen Victoria... dosent get much easier then that.
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Becky said...

I have always thought of Tennyson's Ulysses as a hero. I know weird but I have always loved the poem.

Thanks so much!

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clynsg said...

I wouldn't call her a hero(ine) since she had such a short life and was so much at the mercy of those around her, but I have always felt sad about Lady Jane Grey. I doubt that she ever wanted to be queen, but she became a pawn in the politics of others who had great ambitions for themselves.

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shaunwallner said...

Queen Victoria!

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Ellen C. said...

I would have to say Queen Victoria. Thanks for the chance.

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Carolyn said...

I would have to say Mary, Queen of Scotts, her life is such a poignant story.

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drming said...

Leonardo da Vinci the epitome of the Renaissance Man.

Chad said...

Basically any peasant that had the fortitude to create art in a time of squallor would be my hero. People these days don't know how good they have it.

Fangirl Jen said...

Johannes Kepler... astronomer. He helped change our view of ourselves in the universe.

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snowmermaid said...

The Duchess sounds like my kind of movie! I just viewed BBC's Wives and Daughters after also, seeing Bleak House via online viewing and absolutely love this film genre!

elenalecue said...

My Renaissance hero is undoubtedly William Shakespeare! Oh and count Sir Walter Raleigh in :)

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smythbr said...

Queen Victoria

Jackie said...

I would have to say Shakespeare. I love theater and his stories.

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dbadour said...

I guess one of my favorites was Catherine de' Medici. Some of the Renissance women were outrageous.

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Sarah said...

I would say Leonardo da Vinci, talented in so many fields - art, science, architecture...

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mrs.mommyy said...

daVinci is my choice- so talented

valerie2350 said...

queen victoria :)

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susan1215 said...

Queen Victoria

FawnGeorge said...

I enjoy those types of movies and books. Shakespear comes to mind.
I have the Duchess on my Netflix list.

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lisagee said...

Did you know that
in 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) earned a place in history
when she became the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree.
That was pretty impressive!

stephie said...

This is very easy..Charlotte Brontë, and amazing person and a brilliant writer.

stephie said...

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Deb said...

I think Jane Eyre would be my Victorian heroine.

Thanks for the great giveaway.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

If i have to pick, I'll say Queen Victoria. Thank you!

Jessica said...

I'd have to say Queen Victoria!

Lisa said...

I have to say one of my heroines of the Victorian era is Jane Austen. She wrote during the Victorian era, but her novels focused largely on the Edwardian period of British history. Her novels may be even more popular today as they are repeatedly made into movies and serials.

Stephen said...

Queen Victoria

janetfaye said...

Shakespeare!

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Abigail said...

Hero? My adored Shakespeare was a genius, but a hero? For a hero playwright, I guess I'd have to pick Marlowe, the playwright/spy who was so mysteriously murdered. What a dangerous brief life he led.

K Amos said...

Queen Victoria would be my choice

toughturtles said...

good movie thank you

Smooshy said...

da vinci!

Tes283 said...

Jane Eyre
today that is my choice.

redron said...

Anne Boyeln

bleatham said...

I'd have to say Mary, Queen of Scots.

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jbeckett said...

Galileo

sito50 said...

If fictional heroes count, I choose Sherlock Holmes.

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Erica C. said...

jane eyre

betty R.~Simply Southern said...

have to be Queen Victoria..thank you and happy new year!!!

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SeahorseLady said...

I would have to say Leonardo da Vinci who was one of the world's greatest artists.
Thanks for the nice giveaway.

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chromiumman said...

charlotte bronte, of course

evenstar said...

Queen Victoria

Theresa N. said...

My pick is Queen Victoria.
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Julie D said...

I'd have to say Mary Queen of Scots, me lassie.

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Dumaurier said...

Elizabeth I comes to mind as the quintissential Renaissance heroine

JenReg said...

I would have to say Anne Bolyn...she had guts! Things didn't turn out too well for her, but I do admire her.

Jason said...

How about Queen Victoria

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Michelle S. said...

Mary, Queen of Scots.
Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to see this movie!

Nadia said...

The ultimate Renaissance man? Why, Leonardo Da Vinci of course!
I'd LOVE to win this movie I've been dying to see, but been stuck at home with the kiddos.

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Ally said...

My favorite renaissance hero is Michelangelo.

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trippyjanet said...

Elizabeth Klett

1agordon said...

Joan of Arc count?

ms-texas said...

Queen Victoria


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cdrury said...

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Just watched the Queen and it would have to be Victoria

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deedleweedle said...

Joan of Arc

Erica said...

I'd have to say Queen Victoria. I don't know much about History but I love these kind of movies!

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jmcharries said...

Joseph Armaugh from "Kings and Captains."

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Heather said...

Mary, Queen of Scots, she was to young to have all that responsibility on her shoulders.

JamericanSpice said...

Queen Victoria.

...wait. I'll have to go with my Shakespeare!

kh123856 said...

My favorite is Queen Victoria :)

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Christine said...

Okay you didn't indicate fictional or non-fiction...

I'm going with Victorian - Mr. Darcy! He is alive and well in my imagination! :)

Kari said...

I'm going to go with Queen Victoria as well.

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christin said...

mary queen of scots has an amazing story:) thanks!
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Suzanne said...

Well that's a thinker. I have a fascination with life histories of royalty so I think I pick Queen Victoria. But if we are talking fiction then the much overlooked Dr. Watson.

Amanda said...

All those Gutsy women like Anne Bolyn. Wow.

wigget said...

lady jane gray

poodlemom said...

Queen Victoria.

littlelatina said...

I love the story of Lady Jane Gray

robt6 said...

My favorite is Shakespeare, enter me please.

bkh61959 said...

Mary, Queen of Scotts, would be my pick also, thanks for the giveaway

JOHN BROWN said...

HUGE HISTORY BUFF AND WOULD REALLY DIG IT IF I COULD WIN THIS HERE DVD; IT WOULD BE A GREAT HONOR TO HAVE IT APART OF MY DVD COLLECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

heaventrees said...

I have many heroes from the Victorian Era, real ones like Elizabeth Jane Cochran, who wrote under the pseudonym, Nellie Bly and in a man's world of journalism, was fearless in her journalistic endeavors.

I also have fictional heroes from that era, such as Scarlet O'Hara who so many see as a spoiled, conniving woman but they fail to understand that Scarlet was a survivor who also took care of her family.

s8r8l33 said...

Anne Bolyn...she had guts!

denyse said...

Queen Victoria- what a strong woman.

Ken said...

My victorian hero would be Sherlock Holmes. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Kaycee said...

I always thought Queen Victoria was fascinating. Kinda on the subject, I remind the book "Sex with Kings" that I am reading right now!

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bison61 said...

Queen Victoria

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Kim said...

My favorite renaissance hero is Botticelli!

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Julieh said...

Lady Jane Grey.

Web said...

queen Victoria

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booklover said...

I know he is fictional, but my favorite Victorian hero has always been Sherlock Holmes.

jb said...

would have to go with Mary Queen of Scotts. I just finished a reallly good book on her (one of those "historical fiction ones") but it was SO interesting!!) I just really find that would era so fascinating. (Of course Anne Boyeln too was pretty interesting but she didn't end up so well, did she...and for that matter, neither did Mary Queen of Scotts, but at least she became a Saint!! Not so, poor ole Anne Boyeln. LOL!

klp1965 said...

catherine of aragon

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Veronica said...

What a great giveaway!! Thanks for the chance :)

ash said...

Fictional character: this is from when I was a kid, but remember Samantha, from the American Girls series? I always loved Uncle Gard.

Haha, yeah, I know.

azrosebud said...

Queen Victoria

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Queen Victoria, she was such a strong woman!

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Marie said...

Queen Victoria, of course, and William Morris.

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Jolene said...

queen victoria

Beverley said...

Leonardo DiVinci

Samantha P said...

i like Shakespeare!

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pjgirl74 said...

I also would have to go with Queen Victoria. Thanks!
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Ardy22 said...

My favorite is Queen Victoria

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dbacksfan001 said...

I have so much admiration for Queen Elizabeth I. Poor, brave woman!

Carolyn said...

From the Renaissance, I like Boccaccio. I enjoyed The Decameron.

Erin said...

Queen Elizabeth was a pretty remarkable woman!

Anonymous said...

Will Shakespeare

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amyd29 said...

I to have to say Queen Victoria!great contest thanks

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Stephanie Bruce said...

I love the whole story of elizabeth, from Henry to Anne Boleyn to Katherine Howard and how she overcame extreme obstacles, society, family near death and led her country in finding itself and becoming a world leader

ky2here said...

Wallace SImpson, of course. I love this movie. I keep playing the scene where she gets drunk and sets her hair on fire. Hysterical!

Jinxy and Me said...

I would choose Queen Victoria.

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Auriette said...

My favorite Renaissance hero is Benedick from Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." He's so full of himself, until he falls in love.

Jayfr said...

Holmes, Sherlock. Smart fellow.

walters123 said...

Queen Victoria.

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Maja said...

queen victoria

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purango said...

Leonardo Da vinci is my gavorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Leah said...

Leonardo da Vinci was truly phenomenally creative and our favorite!

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Anonymous said...

Queen Victoria

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Susanne said...

Michelangelo for sure!

Jayme Isaacs said...

Mary/Queen Of Scots

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theolotto said...

Sherlock holmes is my favorite.

Donna said...

Martin Luther

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

Queen Elizabeth I &
Vicent Van Gough!
If you ever get a chance to wathc VIncent & THeo~watch it ....it is awesome.......insanity mix with a God given talent for art.......along with his strange relationship with his brother.

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lilyk said...

My hero is William Shakespeare.

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