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  • The Empress Dowager is off limits, but anyone else ...

    May 2005

  • The Denver family were all there; the Dowager is a darling, like a small eighteenth-century marquise, but the Duchess looked a tartar, very cross, and as stiff as a poker.

    Busman's Honeymoon

  • Robin Drummond, he thought of women with a chivalrous tenderness somewhat strange considering that the Dowager was his mother.

    Mary Gray

  • "The Dowager was a middle-aged woman dressed in rusty black, with a quick eye and an eager expression.

    John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein

  • (My lord used to call the Dowager of Chelsey by this and other names.) “Blandford has a lock of her hair: the

    The History of Henry Esmond

  • (My lord used to call the Dowager of Chelsey by this and other names.) "Blandford has a lock of her hair: the Duchess found him on his knees to Mistress Trix, and boxed his ears, and said

    The History of Henry Esmond, Esq. A Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne

  • A sad day for the House of Stuart, Her Grace the Dowager Queen Henrietta Maria has died in her sleep at Colombes in her native country of France.

    Exit the Actress

  • The Dowager Queen had previously refused the draught, claiming that such things did not agree with her constitution.

    Exit the Actress

  • I could go on and on, listing virtually every cast member but climaxing with Maggie Smith, a shameless scene stealer every time she walks into a room as Violet Crawley, Dowager Duchess of Grantham.

    Michael Giltz: DVDs: "Downton Abbey" Frothy Fun

  • Then in the early 20th century the sinologist Edmund Backhouse published with a journalist a counterfeit memoir supposedly written by a member of the royal court of the last Empress Dowager of China.

    A Blog, a Hoax and a Literary Tradition

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