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Sophia: Mother of Kings (Hardback)

The Finest Queen Britain Never Had

British History P&S History Social History Women of History Tudors & Stuarts Biographies 17th Century Royal History

By Catherine Curzon
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781526755346
Published: 30th October 2019

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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 stars

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.

NetGalley, Lauralee Jacks

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

About Catherine Curzon

CATHERINE CURZON is a royal historian who writes on all matters 18th century at www.madamegilflurt.com. Her work has been featured on HistoryExtra.com, the official website of BBC History Magazine, and in publications such as Explore History, All About History, History of Royals, and Jane Austen’s Regency World. She has spoken at venues including Kenwood House, Wellington College, the Royal Pavilion, the Hurlingham Club, the National Maritime Museum and Dr Johnson’s House.


Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Film and when not dodging the furies of the guillotine, can be found cheering on the mighty Terriers. Her previous books, Life in the Georgian Court, Kings of Georgian


Britain, Queens of Georgian Britain, The Scandal of George III’s Court, and Sophia: Mother of Kings are all available from Pen and Sword Books.


She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill.

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