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Queens of Georgian Britain Hardcover – 9 Oct 2017
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About the Author
Catherine Curzon is a royal historian who writes blogs on all matters 18th century at www.madamegilflurt.com. Her work has been featured on HistoryExtra.com, the official website of 'BBC History Magazine' and in publications such as 'Explore History', 'All About History', 'History of Royals' and 'Jane Austen s Regency World'. She has provided additional research for 'An Evening with Jane Austen' at the V&A and spoken at venues including the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, Lichfield Guildhall and Dr Johnson s House. Catherine holds a Master s degree in Film and when not dodging the furies of the guillotine, writes fiction set deep in the underbelly of Georgian London. Her previous books, 'Life in the Georgian Court' and 'Kings of Georgian Britain', are available from Pen & Sword. She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill.
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A most readable and entertaining book, this is an excellent introduction to those who are keen to learn more in an accessible way about Georgian Britain and its Queens, and by association, something of the Kings of Georgian Britain. I was very surprised that there was not a genealogical table in the book, which would make it much easier to follow the familial relationships for a reader who is not familiar with the period and which, I think adds immeasurably to the motivations and context of the times for any reader, to see how those familial relationships were considered throughout the period.
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I’m a Medievalist at heart, but Georgian Britain is an era I enjoy studying, and it’s difficult to find books on this subject at bookstores in the US! As a result, I was thrilled when presented with the opportunity to read Queens of Georgian Britain.
I have never read any of her previous works and found Ms. Curzon’s writing engrossing even though it is more informal than most non-fiction books I’ve read. This is no boring history textbook! Instead, it’s an easy to read book that focuses on the four wives of King Georges II, III, and IV of Great Britain.
However, I do suggest that if you are not familiar with the historical figures present in the book, you have Wikipedia page available because the book covers over a century of history and some of the names are similar. It can be difficult to follow who belongs to which country and which child belongs to which set of parents, as the sections aren’t completely in chronological order.
The political machinations that take place in each queen’s life—some as a direct result of interference from more powerful family—is a fascinating insight into the schemes that shaped Great Britain and some of Europe over this time period. It’s amazing what people with power will do to keep it! Though I can’t empathize with a lot of it—as I am neither royalty or nobility and will definitely not have an arranged marriage—I can understand the feelings of hope, disappointment, and anger these women feel as their lives move in directions they didn’t always anticipate.
I give this book 4/5 stars and recommend it to those interested in learning more about Sophia Dorothea of Celle, Caroline of Ansbach, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Caroline of Brunswick, their Georges, and Georgian Britain.
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Pen and Sword Publishing through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.**