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Kings of Georgian Britain (Kindle)

British History Georgian Era Georgian Georgian Era

By Catherine Curzon
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 14.1 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 215
ISBN: 9781473871236
eBook Released: 24th March 2017


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For over a century of turmoil, upheaval and scandal, Great Britain was a Georgian land. From the day the German-speaking George I stepped off the boat from Hanover, to the night that George IV, bloated and diseased, breathed his last at Windsor, the four kings had presided over a changing nation.

Kings Georgian Britain offers a fresh perspective on the lives of the four Georges and the events that shaped their characters and reigns. From love affairs to family feuds, political wrangling and beyond, it is a chance to peer behind the pomp and follow these iconic figures from cradle to grave. After all, being a king isn't always about grand parties and jaw-dropping jewels, and sometimes following in a father's footsteps can be the hardest job around.

Take a step back in time and meet the wives, mistresses, friends and foes of these remarkable kings who shaped the nation, and find out what really went on behind closed palace doors. Whether dodging assassins, marrying for money, digging up their ancestors or sparking domestic disputes that echoed down the generations, the kings of Georgian Britain were never short on drama.

I would describe Kings of Georgian England as an introductory text. In the small page count, there is only a limited amount of space in which Curzon can describe each of the four kings' personalities and reigns, but she manages to include some fun facts and enticing details, all written in a readable, straightforward prose that never feels too stodgy. For me, this is a great book to turn to if you are relatively unfamiliar with the period and looking for a quick overview. This work won't tell you everything, but it provides a good place to start and includes an extensive bibliography for further reading. The Georgian era is one I love, so most of the information in Kings of Georgian England was familiar to me. However, there were a few little side stories I'd not come across before, and the book certainly reigniting my enthusiasm for further reading about the period. If you are a scholar of the 18th century, this book may not have much to offer. Nonetheless, I am awarding it four stars because it is perfect for the novice historian coming to era for the first time.

NetGalley, reviewed by Nicki Markus

I wish that history books like this one had been around when I was at school! I might have rushed to history classes instead of finding ways to avoid them! Found this to be a really fascinating insight into 4 extremely interesting, but totally different, Kings over a fascinating period in British history.

The author presents the 4 Kings in a really clever way, taking each in turn and looking at where they came from, their personalities, the changing face of Britain and how they were as rulers in the soap opera that is the Royal Family!

From George I, The German King, through to George II, the last British monarch to lead troops into battle, to George III, better known as The Mad King and to George IV who seemed to be the King of spending!

Each King has such a turbulent life from childhood onwards, and this book was an amazing wealth of knowledge for me. I have found that some history books focus on just the dates but this one really gets behind each King and flags up the most interesting things that happened in their lifetimes. Have to say I enjoyed the chapter on George III the most as he seemed the most caring, despite his later mental illness, and the methods they used to treat him were horrifying to say the least.

There are also some fasinating accompanying illustrations and paintings that were a welcome bonus and added to a wonderful read!

NetGalley, reviewed by Karen Mace

That was a very enjoyable read. I always love to read about history especially the British history. The era covered in the book is an era of turmoil, scandals and a lot of action. Sure it is something very compelling to read about.

NetGalley, reviewed by Maha Diwan

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About Catherine Curzon

Catherine Curzon is better known as the titular author of the popular website devoted to the long eighteenth century, A Covent Garden Gilflurt's Guide to Life. She is devoted to spreading accessible, irreverent tales of the glorious Georgian world and indulges herself by writing historical fiction set deep in the underbelly of Georgian London. When not dodging the furies of the guillotine, Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Film, specializing in representations of women in cinema. To find out more, visit www.madamegilflurt.com

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