Queens of Georgian Britain (Hardback)
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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.
Overall, this was a very sympathetic look at each Hanoverian queen. The biographies are short, but very detailed. The writing was very witty, engaging, and insightful. I did not know anything about the Georgian queens. However, it deepened my interest, and I’m curious to learn more about them. This book is recommended to novices like me who do not know much about the era. Thus, if you have never heard of the queens, I suggest you have a cup of tea and get lost in reading about these extraordinary women. I bet that you will also be astounded by their stories as I was. Queens of Georgian Britain proves that these queens should never be forgotten.NetGalley, reviewed by Lauralee Jacks
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Overall, I do recommend this book if you are looking for an introduction to the Georgian monarchs.NetGalley, reviewed by Katie Noble
Curzon is a captivating writer and this book is an impressive addition to her existing Georgian books.The Lazy Historian, Jill Hamilton
Books that contain biographies of several people in one book are one of my favourite things to read because you get a titillating taste of the exciting life they lived, but only the best written of these books makes you want to pick up another book and read further into their lives. This book easily accomplishes that.
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A biographical collective on the popular history of four Georgian Queens, and a refreshing break from the more frequently covered Tudors & Plantagenets. This also works as a companion to Catherine Curzon's previous collective Kings of Georgian Britain, together making an easily digested & entertaining introduction to these lesser known figures.NetGalley, reviewed by Erin Santana
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.Midwest Book Review
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Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Emily Ross
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Tracy Shephard
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.
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 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Bethany Swafford
This is a fantastic resource that I would read again and again, and still learn something new!