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Queens of Georgian Britain (Hardback)

British History Social History Georgian Georgian Era

By Catherine Curzon
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781473858527
Published: 9th October 2017


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Once upon a time there were four kings called George who, thanks to a quirk of fate, ruled Great Britain for over a century. Hailing from Germany, these occasionally mad, bad and infamous sovereigns presided over a land in turmoil. Yet what of the remarkable women who were crowned alongside them?

From the forgotten princess locked in a tower to an illustrious regent, a devoted consort and a notorious party girl, the queens of Georgian Britain lived lives of scandal, romance and turbulent drama. Whether dipping into politics or carousing on the shores of Italy, Caroline of Ansbach, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Caroline of Brunswick refused to fade into the background.

Queens of Georgian Britain offers a chance to step back in time and meet the women who ruled alongside the Georgian monarchs, not forgetting Sophia Dorothea of Celle, the passionate princess who never made it as far as the throne. From lonely childhoods to glittering palaces, via family feuds, smallpox, strapping soldiers and plenty of scheming, these are the queens who shaped an era.

An impressively detailed, deftly crafted history that is as inherently fascinating as it is exceptionally informative, "Queens of Georgian Britain" is an extraordinary read from beginning to end. Featuring illustrations, an eleven page Bibliography, and a five page Index, "Queens of Georgian Britain" is a decidedly and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library British History collections.

Read the complete review here.

Midwest Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a well written, informative and engaging mini biography of four ‘Queens’ of Georgian Britain. Prior to reading this, I didn’t know much about Georgian England, except that there were a lot of kings named George, but this showed an extremely fascinating snapshot of the royal household across this period. I particularly liked how each Queen was contrasted with her predecessor, as well as the King Georges. I found this topic fascinating, and this book was such a joy to read. I loved it.

NetGalley, reviewed by Emily Ross

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fabulous look through history at the four queen consorts of Georgian Britain all married to a King named George.

This is a really interesting book and I really want a hard copy to keep.

I loved the depth that the author gives us of each of the women and their personalities. I actually found myself Googling the facts that I wanted to know more about, so this book is a wonderful point of reference as well as being a good read.

NetGalley, reviewed by Tracy Shephard

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical nonfiction look at Georgian Britain. In my experience, I have not found a lot of literature about this field, and the consorts of the Georges. Not dry at all, and I will probably return to this book again in the future.

NetGalley, reviewed by Polly Krize

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A book that history enthusiasts will love. Those who do not wholeheartedly embrace history should also enjoy this book, in part because of the writing style and the format of the book itself.

NetGalley, reviewed by Christina Scotton

Written in a lovely, conversational style, which drew me in from the first pages. I really felt that Curzon was talking to me, which I liked. And I liked the book too – a lot.

NetGalley, reviewed by Emma Littlefield

This chatty biography of the wives of the Georgian kings of Britain will appeal to the reader interested in an intimate glimpse into these women’s personal lives. A sort of “Vasari’s lives” of the queens, each chapter is relatively short (which frankly helps to keep track of which George, Sophia or Caroline is contemporary!) From the bed chamber to the council chamber, from Hanover to Italy and back to England, Curzon gives as a close-in view of the queens, their families and the courtiers who surrounded them.

NetGalley, reviewed by Melissa McDaniel

All in all, a very interesting read.

NetGalley, reviewed by Lola James

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a fantastic resource that I would read again and again, and still learn something new!

NetGalley, reviewed by Bethany Swafford

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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