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Blenheim Archivist Dr Alexa Frost(l) The Favourite author Ophelia Field(r) and TV historian Dr Janina Ramirez with the rediscovered account book.<br />
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Paper trail - As Olivia Coleman wins the best actress Oscar for her acclaimed portrayal of Queen Anne, a fascinating newly discovered document at Blenheim Palace reveals her very private account's, meticulously kept by Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.<br />
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The hand written ledger gives an astonishing insight into the Royal court depicted in 'The Favourite' movie.<br />
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Mysterious payments of several thousand pounds in modern money are listed, including 'to the mad spaniard', 'to Mr M, by order of the Queen, for Secret Service' and even 'to release a prisoner'.<br />
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Also revealed is an astonishing £11,000 bill for chocolate, and a similar one for tea, both were extremely fashionable and expensive new drinks at the time.<br />
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The newly discovered accounts offer an intimate glimpse inside the court of Queen Anne.