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The Georgian Princesses by [Van der Kiste, John]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1352 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BS02YLY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
It seems remarkable that any book of this length could cover such a gallery of princesses and consorts so well, but the author has already written a number of royal biographies in this style and, as in his earlier 'George III's Children', produced a marvellous family picture. His treatment of them all is broadly sympathetic without being partisan or mawkish, and even when he is critical, as in the case of Queen Charlotte, he manages to be scrupulously fair. He also rescues a number of them from obscurity, and in particular Electress Sophia of Hanover, Queen Caroline (George II's consort) and Queen Adelaide emerge as particularly noteworthy figures. A very enjoyable read.
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Format: Hardcover
As is usual with John's books, a rollicking good read. Captures the interest pretty quickly and you want to just keep on reading. It would be very easy to sink into the mire with this book - Princesses everywhere who all have the same name and are related to all those Hannoverian Georges. The family tree at the front of the book is clear and helps to stop confusion before it could start. The author is also very good at adding the titles of the various princesses to help differentiate them. Very nice to see more obscurer princesses such as Augusta of Brunswick and Elizabeth, Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg featured. Of course, the leading characters are all there, such as Queen Adelaide, Princess Charlotte, the Queen of Tears etc. But the supporting princesses round out the picture and show how the family supported one another, kept in touch with one another and dealt with what were not easy lives for women in such priviledged positions. An excellent summary of a period of our history which frequently gets ignored.
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Format: Paperback
John Van der Kiste has written a book that is easy to read. He treats his subjects with sympathy whilst not being afraid to point out the less endearing aspects of their characters.
With so many of the georgian princesses having the same names it would be easy to become confused but the inclusion of an easily followed family tree at the beginning of the book overcomes this.
The downside of this book is it's brevity. The author has covered over 150 years of history in 221 pages which means none of the characters are covered in any great depth.
This is a good book with which to obtain an overview of these women but if you want to make an in depth study of them, then this may not be the text for you.
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This book was ok but could have been better. It was very detailed but a little hard to follow as it was a little dry. I feel there were quite a few continuity errors and some grammatical ones also. I did feel disappointed that after paying four three kindle version there was neither page numbers (it had location numbers only) nor an X-Ray facility.
It was however, even though hard to read very informative.
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Great book that separates all the lovely Georgian princesses and puts faces to the names. I never knew their were so many of them, and if they were alive today, they would grace every magazine cover. Interesting back story on the way they were manipulated, married off and forced into the background to waste their lives in a "Georgian Nunnery".
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Format: Hardcover
This book is well written and easy to read. So many of the georgian princesses have the same name that it can be confusing but John Van Der Kiste has included a family tree which helps the reader keep track of who is who.
He treats his subjects with sympathy but is not afraid to point out their sometimes less than endearing qualities.
The downside of this book is it's brevity. The author is covering more than 150 years of history in a mere 221 pages. This left me with a feeling that the book is more of a 'taster' of the subject than a thorough biography.
I would recommend it as an introduction to the georgians but not as a definitive text.
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A well written biography giving insights into the unusually neglected

female members of a royal family. Terribly confusing to sort out even this limited number of German principalities from which the C19 ENGLISH royal family recruited its spouses
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