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Queens of Georgian Britain (ePub)

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By Catherine Curzon
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 58.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781473858541
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.

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I loved the fact that Catherine uses her lively and chatty style of writing to relate the lives of the four Georgian Queens which also makes this book extremely enjoyable and fun to read.

Overall, Catherine Curzon’s Queens of Georgian Britain is a perfect introductory text to the four brides of the Georgian Kings. It was such a fascinating and entertaining read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in this fascinating period of British history or the history of the Georgian royal family in general.

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Where There's Ink There's Paper, Lauren Gent

As with Curzon’s previous works, Life in the Georgian Court and Kings of Georgian Britain, the she uses her natural chatty style to relate the extraordinary lives of these women. And what stories they turn out to be.

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Naomi Clifford, Author

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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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Amazon review by RedRobin

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.

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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The Lazy Historian, Jill Hamilton

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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.

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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 a historian of old Hollywood and even older royalty.
Catherine has appeared on Radio 4’s PM programme and Dan Snow’s Story of England, as well as radio stations across Europe and the UK. Her work has been featured online by BBC News, BBC History Extra and the Daily Express, and in publications including All About History and Who Do You Think You Are?. Further afield, Catherine’s expertise has been featured by Smithsonian Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, Town & Country, Elle Australia, Der Bund, La Vanguardia and Metrópoles, among others.
She has spoken at venues including Kenwood House, Wellington College, the Royal Pavilion, the National Maritime Museum and Dr Johnson’s House. As one half of Ellie Curzon (with Helen Barrell), her World War Two sagas for Bookouture and Orion have achieved bestseller status in the UK and the US.
Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Film and when not cheering for the Terriers, can be found by following the distant strains of Dean Martin. She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill with a rakish gent and a very woolly dog.

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