Fascinating story of a remarkable life,
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This review is from: King's Mistress, Queen's Servant: The Life and Times of Henrietta Howard (Paperback)
I was delighted to find this book after reading Courtiers by Lucy Worsley earlier this year, which had whet my appetite for finding out more about Henrietta Howard, by all accounts a most interesting woman, who did not have an easy life but who certainly made the most of what she had.
Henrietta seems to have been faced throughout life with having to make choices which were not necessarily the best for her, but made the best of the circumstances in which she found herself. Her marriage, which she seems to have felt at first was one of mutual affection, was also a means by which she could attempt to help her family, left without both father and mother and several surviving siblings who all needed support in the world. Her sheer determinedness to make the best of her chance to get a position with the Hanoverians is quite remarkable, and she attempted to use her position at Court to remain secure in a world which was not forgiving to women who lived apart from their husbands, and particularly women who were of an independent mind and who lived by their wits.
While her life was not always easy, it's also interesting to see how much of her life was touched by scandal (both hers and her family members), and also by long-lasting, loving friendships with some remarkable people. In all, a most interesting story of a life, and of times, which remain fascinating. Highly recommended.