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  • Multiple closeup shots clearly show second and third holes in Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz's ear lobes. Multiple ear piercings were not common in the early 1700s, especially for English women at court.
  • Emma Stone's freckles come and go. In the period depicted, an upper-class woman wouldn't spend enough time in the sun to acquire freckles. However, Abigail had fallen on hard times prior to attending court. Since she worked as a domestic servant, she might well have been exposed to the sun long enough to develop freckles.
  • The phrase "prime minister" was first used to describe George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592-1628), "favourite" of James I and Charles I. It did not mean what the modern office of Prime Minister has come to mean.
  • An upper-class person is described as "posh." According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first recorded use of the word in that context was in 1914.
  • In the film, Robert Harley is a young man. In real life, he was 47-49 years old during this period. His youthful portrayal is probably inspired by William Pitt the Younger, who became Prime Minister at 24 in 1783.
  • Characters say "OK", an American expression first used more than 100 years later.
  • Mascara was invented in 1913.
  • At one point in the film, Godolphin (James Smith) urges Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) to send Marlborough (Mark Gatiss) an extra "division" to assist in the war. The concept of a military division and its usage as a phrase did not exist until roughly thirty years later, when the French general and military theorist Maurice de Saxe (1696-1750) invented it. De Saxe was only a teenager during the events of this film.
  • The Marlboroughs were not "banished" from England by Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) as depicted in the film. John Churchill (Mark Gatiss) decided of his own volition to leave England with his wife Sarah (Rachel Weisz) for several reasons; he had been removed from his role as head of the English army, he was facing bankruptcy (which meant he could not complete his palace Blenheim), and he was the target of personal attacks in the press and in Parliament regarding several scandals.


  • When Abigail is talking in her bedroom on her wedding night, a metal band is visible on her front teeth.
  • When Abigail burns Lady Sarah's letter to Queen Anne near the end of the movie, her drink changes from dark red to yellowish in the next shot.
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