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sex, royalty, scandal, revolution(nearly),
This review is from: Rebel Queen: The Trial of Queen Caroline (Hardcover)
Rebel Queen is my ideal history book. The story could hardly be better: the sensational adultery of a vivacious and fun-loving queen and the attempts of her horrible, fat, arrogant husband to divorce her. The trial for adultery that follows is by turns ludicrous, fierce and nasty, and divides the country. Caroline, despite her plain looks, emerges as a 1820s princess diana - the first heroine of the popular press.
Jane Robin's writing is crisp and amusing, the characters, especially that of Caroline herself, made real. The story crackles along, leaving you wanting to know what comes next. Robins argues that this was the first time the tabloid press and the people's voice have entered politics - and, as we know, they haven't gone away.