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A "forgotten Royal Family" - the sons and daughters of George II
on 29 March 2008
Veronica Baker-Smith says in her foreword that the reign of George II and his family has received hardly any attention, seemingly lost between George I who gained the throne and the well-known rule of "mad" King George III and his scandalous sons. And if I look at my own library it is actually true. There are of course tons of books on George III and all his children, a few on George I but just three on George II, his wife and his mistress, the later has only recently been published. But there is none on his sons and daughters. One knows maybe about "the king who never was" Prince Frederick of Wales and his brother the Duke of Cumberland better as the butcher of Culloden, but the daughters... which daughters. So the book really fills a gap and I enjoyed very much reading it.
It is written with a great flow, knowledge and sympathy without being blind to the short-comings of the Princes and Princesses.
Being half Dutch it is great to learn quite a bit about the House of Orange and maybe its worse times due to the personalities of its Princes. The parts of the book dealing with Anne, the Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, are the best. I feel that she is a bit too generous with the Duke of Cumberland and quite a few questions remain with regards to Prince Frederick. The Princess Amelia seems to be quite a character. The author feeds the reader only with a few bits about Princess Louisa, Queen Consort of Denmark, and this is disappointing. Princess Mary as princess of Hesse fares only slightly better.
All in all, a great addition of my library and one gets curious and wants to learn more about this "forgotten royal family".