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The King's Wife: George IV and Mrs Fitzherbert [Hardcover]

Valerie Irvine
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1 Dec 2004
One of the most extraordinary episodes in British royal history took place on 15 December 1785 when George, Prince of Wales (later Prince Regent and George IV) secretly married the beautiful, twice-widowed and Roman Catholic Maria Fitzherbert. This marriage was in breach of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 but almost certainly valid in the eyes of the church. If it had been discovered, George might well have forfeited his claim to the throne. As it was, George and Maria lived together for twenty years, and remained deeply attached, despite George's disastrous (and probably bigamous) public marriage to Princess Caroline of Brunswick. The King's Wife is a highly readable account of a love-match that pre-echoes the later relationship of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. In the eyes of George IV's own family, Maria was his real wife.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum (1 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185285443X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852854430
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,441,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is an enjoyable read, telling an engrossing and carefully researched story about the secret marriage of George, Prince of Wales to the beautiful, twice-widowed and Roman Catholic, Maria Fitzherbert. If it had been discovered, George might well have forfeited his claim to the throne.

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On moving to Brighton some years ago I "discovered" Mrs Fitzherbert, who is still known and talked of here, but I also discovered that there were many myths and unlikely stories told about her, and much was believed that was clearly untrue. I began to feel compelled to research her life as thoroughly as possible and to tell her story the way it was.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable and informative. 17 July 2012
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This book makes very good leisure time reading.It informs without seeming to prepare you for a history exam.Seeing this period in history from a totally different perspective is very interesting but none of it is " heavy going ". The delivery of the book was also very efficient!
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4.0 out of 5 stars lady who never became a victim 26 April 2008
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marie never let any man make a victim out her.the prince of wale was a spoiled brat who fell more in love with her than she in him.she survived 2 husband befor prince of wales lost heart to her.she made sure she got a wedding ring own her finger even with her marriage to the prince being illegal in the eyes of the the end her place in prince life change she made sure her and her childern recieve money to live comfortable lives from the crown.
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