Sophia: Mother of Kings (Hardback)
The Finest Queen Britain Never Had
Sophia, Electress of Hanover, was born to greatness. Granddaughter of James I and mother to George I, she was perhaps the finest queen that Britain never had.
As daughter of Frederick V of the Palatinate and Elizabeth Stuart, Sophia emerged from an impoverished, exiled childhood as the Winter Princess, a young woman of sparky intelligence, cutting wit and admirable determination. Once courted by Charles II, Sophia eventually gave her heart to Ernest Augustus, at whose side she became the first Electress of Hanover and the mother of the first Georgian king of Great Britain.
Sophia: Mother of Kings, brings this remarkable woman and her tumultuous era vividly to life. In a world where battles raged across the continent and courtiers fought behind closed doors, Sophia kept the home fires burning. Through personal tragedy and public triumph, Sophia raised a family, survived illness, miscarriage, and accusations of conspiracy, and missed out on the British throne by a matter of weeks.
Sophia of Hanover became the mother of one of the most glittering dynasties the world has ever known. From the House of Stuart to the House of Hanover, this is the story of her remarkable life.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Lauralee Jacks
Sophia is mentioned briefly in Catherine Curzon’s Queen’s of Georgian Britain. Thus, it was nice that there was a full length biography of this unknown woman. This biography emphasized Sophia’s intelligence and capability of ruling.
She was the granddaughter of James I of England. Her mother was Elizabeth of Bohemia, the Winter Queen. She was courted by her cousin Charles II and could have been queen of England. However, she married Ernest Augustus. Because she was smarter than her husband, she ran his kingdom in his stead. Thus, this biography shows a woman who is worthy to be well-known for she is the ancestress of Britain’s mornarchs and could have been a queen consort herself.
Very well written. Heavily researched. I enjoyed reading this narrative of a little known historical figure who seems well respected by many of her friends and family.NetGalley, Donna Pingry