Life in the Georgian Court (Hardback)
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As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the British Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Houses rise and fall, births, marriages and scandals change the course of history and in France, Revolution stalks the land.
Peep behind the shutters of the opulent court of the doomed Bourbons, the absolutist powerhouse of Romanov Russia and the epoch-defining family whose kings gave their name to the era, the House of Hanover.
Behind the pomp and ceremony were men and women born into worlds of immense privilege, yet beneath the powdered wigs and robes of state were real people living lives of romance, tragedy, intrigue and eccentricity.
Take a journey into the private lives of very public figures and learn of arranged marriages that turned to love or hate and scandals that rocked polite society. Here the former wife of a king spends three decades in lonely captivity, Prinny makes scandalous eyes at the toast of the London stage and Marie Antoinette begins her last, terrible journey through Paris as her son sits alone in a forgotten prison cell.
Life in the Georgian Court is a privileged peek into the glamorous, tragic and iconic courts of the Georgian world, where even a king could take nothing for granted.
Catherine’s witty and lively style means that the book is pleasant and absorbing to read through but also tempting for the reader to dip into it anywhere. Those seeking something juicy will naturally choose to head straight for ‘Scandals’!Prinny's Taylor
Thirty-two illustrations, a timeline of major events of the Georgian period, a bibliography, notes and an index all indicate the amount of scholarly work and attention to detail that Catherine has put into this book and I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending it.
Life in the Georgian Court was named Book of the Month for July 2016Majesty Magazine
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It’s worthwhile reading this book straight through to start with, and then keeping to dip into when available reading-time is short.Amazon, Antoine Vanner
'I started off being frustrated by the stopping and starting, but the more I read on the more I saw how the book comes together as a whole and realised what a terrific achievement it is, indeed worthy of more than the 4* I was initially going to award it. A delightful book, beautifully presented, and one I shall return to again and again.'Terry Tyler Book Reviews Blog
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'Life in the Georgian Court is a privileged peek into the glamorous, tragic and iconic courts of the Georgian world, where even a king could take nothing for granted.'The Pink Sofa - Carol Hedges
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An absolutely fascinating book and a must-have for anyone interested in the life and times of the Four Georges! Many thanks for visiting, Catherine, and for sharing your love of the Georgians with us!Joana starnes
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... Curzon's enthusiasm for her subject carries the reader through, and there are some interesting stories here - from smallpox to guillotining!Your Family History, August 2016
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Despite the title, this is a lively jaunt through ALL the royal courts of Europe, not just that of Great Britain, and is all the better for it - because she points up the intricate genealogical ties that bind the families together.Amazon reviewer
And what dysfunctional families they are! Here in all their craziness and cruelty are the big royal names of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. They were traumatised by childhood neglect, riven by hatred, forced into marriage, separated from their true loves, abused, indulged, ignored and lauded. Sometimes murdered. These are fascinating human stories, some of them not known to me. I learned a lot, and I was completely hooked.
Political events are described succinctly so that the essential humanity of the characters shines through. Curzon has wisely divided the book into sections - Birth, Marriage, Scandal and Death - so that we can follow some of the personalities through from their beginnings to their deaths. The style friendly and accessible without ever being simplistic.
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It’s worthwhile reading this book straight through to start with, and then keeping to dip into when available reading-time is short. It’s a natural for Kindle-reading as it makes a splendid bedside book or one to slip into the briefcase or car glove-compartment as a resource to fall back on during waits or delays. Followers of the writer’s ever-entertaining blog will not be disappointed.Amazon reviewer - Antoine Vanner
I read this book in pre-publication copy and was asked for an honest review. This is it. I have no hesitation is awarding “Life in the Georgian Court” five well-deserved stars.
Life in the Georgian Court is a breezy romp through the royal courts of Europe during the eighteenth century. Catherine Curzon has arranged her material into four themes or ‘Acts’: childhood, marriage, scandal, and death. Each Act contains a series of illuminating vignettes – scenes from the lives of princes and princesses, Kings and Queens – some happy, some tragic, and many scandalous in the extreme. The book is written in an engaging, chatty style, and is beautifully illustrated with contemporary engravings and cartoons (several of which were new to me).Sue Wilkes, Author
Even readers familiar with the period will find much to enjoy: the introduction of smallpox variolation (vaccination); tales of Prinny’s scurrilous succession of mistresses; and the bloody horrors of the French Revolution. Tyrant husbands and fathers, wicked princes, imprisoned princesses, and wronged queens, all take a bow in this wide-ranging survey of one of the most fascinating epochs in world history.
You can tell, almost from the first page, that Catherine has researched this book with fervent skill and accomplishment. I loved, especially, how you can literally go almost into every court of every kingdom and find something scandalous about one of them, a famous feud maybe, an affair to remember, or a shocking murder. Anything a prospective reader wants you will get with this book. I cannot wait for her next novel, a more in depth look at 'Kings of Georgian Britain' and her first novel 'The Crown Spire' due to be published soon. I count Catherine as an integral part of the history lovers community, a true Madame of the salon, and a good friend.D.D. Wynn: The Choice of Duty
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The book itself is divided into several ‘acts’, childhood, marriage, scandal and death and takes us through interesting stories from the Georgian era, like the death of Marie-Antoinette’s daughter, Princess Sophie Hélène Béatrice and the catastrophic marriage between the future George I of Great Britain and Sophia Dorothea of Celle. I had read most of the stories before so perhaps it’s more fun as an introductory read into the era. The style of writing is very fun though, and the author manages to throw in a few jokes. It makes for an easy and enjoyable read.History of Royal Women - Moniek Bloks
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I started off being continually frustrated by the stopping and starting, but the more I read on the more I saw how the book comes together as a whole and realised what a terrific achievement it is, indeed worthy of more than the 4* I was initially going to award it. A delightful book, beautifully presented, and one I shall return to again and again.Goodreads reviewer
In little over 200 pages, Catherine Curzon takes you on a quick whistle-stop tour through life in the Georgian era, across the royal residences of London to the Palace of Versailles. From the birth of George I and the drama in his ensuing bloodlines to the relatively calmer court times of William IV, the Georgians were no stranger to controversy...History of Royals, September 2016
... Time and time again, Curzon makes every prince and princess fascinating, no matter their story. Not only that, she makes them all just as important as each other and it's hard to imagine any other author doing these royals a similar amount of justice.
Life in the Georgian Court is a great beginner's guide to the inner lives of one of the tumultuous courts in history.
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Childhood, marriage/affairs, scandal, and death - all the juicy bits of the lives of royals and their courtiers delivered in the style of an expose history TV series that has a host/presenter with a deliciously suspenseful tone of voice. Curzon does a great job overall of sweeping the dust off of these stories and enhancing them with intrigue and a generous dash of wit (particularly in regard to romantic trysts and famous last words).GoodReads, K Fisher
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In Bed with the Georgians provides a fascinating insight into life under the bed-clothes in Georgian England, where the Madams and pimps were able to thrive in the eighteenth century like never before. It looks at high-class seraglios as well as the brothels, jelly-houses and bagnios which flourished openly, especially in the area around Covent Garden. It looks at courtesans from the highest echelons of society, the kept women, the sex-workers in 'houses of pleasure', down through to the street walkers and common whores. It shows the way that the sex scene was portrayed in contemporary letters…By Mike Rendell
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