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Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court Paperback – 2 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571238904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571238903
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A stylish courtier's-eye view of the reigns of George I and George II ... reveals the complexity, anxiety and pathos behind the facade of those caught up in the golden circle of the Court.' --Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year

'We have a fine modern historian to guide us through the dreamlike maze of palace life.' --The Times

'Taking the sixteen courtiers represented in William Kent's Grand Staircase painting, Worsley herds them through the glittering confusion of the court so vividly that one can hear them scheming.' --Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

'We have a fine modern historian to guide us through the dreamlike maze of palace life.' --The Times

'Taking the sixteen courtiers represented in William Kent's Grand Staircase painting, Worsley herds them through the glittering confusion of the court so vividly that one can hear them scheming.' --Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

'Those who attended court have typically been painted as sycophants seeking to improve their station, but here a more nuanced picture emerges ... there are also detailed portraits of court life, and some compelling characters.' --Sunday Business Post

'Taking the sixteen courtiers represented in William Kent's Grand Staircase painting, Worsley herds them through the glittering confusion of the court so vividly that one can hear them scheming.' --Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

'A vivid portrait of courtly politicking.' --The Times

'Rich, amusing gaze at the courts of George I and II ... because it engages immediately with its small and large plots and its wonderful characterisation, the work, though strictly history, reads as a novel ...but this is no giddy read. At the end you're left with a sympathetic and informed sense of the transition from Stuart to Hanoverian public life.' --Irish Times

'Taking the sixteen courtiers represented in William Kent's Grand Staircase painting, Worsley herds them through the glittering confusion of the court so vividly that one can hear them scheming.' --Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

'A sparkling compendium of Georgian gossip.' --Independent

'Taking the sixteen courtiers represented in William Kent's Grand Staircase painting, Worsley herds them through the glittering confusion of the court so vividly that one can hear them scheming.' --Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

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An eye-opening portrait of an enthralling group of royal servants, Courtiers by Lucy Worsley throws new light on the dramatic life of George II and Queen Caroline and their court at Kensington Palace.

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