Embracing a Healthy Family: Timeless Events: The Dutchess

Timeless Events: The Dutchess

I just finished watching The Dutchess with Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes set in the 1700's in England.  I thoroughly enjoy the English movies around that time period and I never was much of a Knightley fan until I watched this movie.  It's one of those movies that leave you feeling unhappy and feeling such sorrow for the character.  I think the sorrow erupts mostly due to regardless of the time period, many women and probably men can relate.  It's a sorrowful story but it celebrates motherhood and the all out costs associated with loving your children.  In a time period where we hear of parents murdering their children along with strangers, you have to wonder what went wrong.  This story is what should be the standard of love a parent has for a child.  

Forsaking one's happiness for the good of a child is still common place today as it was back then.  Although it wasn't as easy to depart in those days, it was still done.  Our struggles may have grown and differed today but the end result of the struggles are still there.  I'm sure we all know of at least one person sticking it out for the sake of the children.  You hear folks say perhaps it's better to part instead of forcing children to endure dysfunctional behaviors. It's hard to say in such a 'me, me, me' society.

If you haven't watched The Dutchess, I think it's a must see not to make you feel sad or gloomy but for the storyline, to experience a true love battle of emotions and just a little history even if it's not altogether accurate.  

From Wiki:

Set in the late Eighteenth Century, the story follows the life of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. While her beauty and fashion made her famous, extravagance and gambling made her infamous. She is married to the cold and much older William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire. Despite the Duke's blatant infidelities, Georgiana becomes a fashion icon, a doting mother, a shrewd political operator, and darling of the common people. Reeling from her husband's affair with her best friend, Lady Bess Foster, Georgiana takes on her own lover, the future prime minister Charles Grey, with whom she gives birth to a child in secret, Eliza Courtney.

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