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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: 208
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.

This non fiction book is a fascinating and easy to read.
Well written and very interesting.
A must read for any fans of this era.

NetGalley, Tracey Shults

I hadn't read anything about Sophia prior to this and find her such a strong individual. She provided strength to her family through heartbreak and disaster, a truly inspirational lady.

It seems a shame she never got her chance to become Queen.

For those with an interest in history I'd recommend this.

NetGalley, Amy McElroy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this book and learned so much more on the history of this woman and what this woman had to face to keep everything going! You will learn to love her and the people who surround this historical woman! Very good plot,believable in every sense! You will think about this book after you finish. Net Galley let me read this !! A lot of time went in to research of this time and story!!

NetGalley, Trick Wiley

I like to read once in a while a historical book but I am not a huge reader of non-historical-fiction. But this one is easy to read which makes it enjoyable. I don't know how good the research is but everything seemed logical as far as history can be logical. In history you can't always be certain but this is okay. I also like that this is about someone you don't know from regular history classes or documentaries. I am glad that I had the chance to read this book!

NetGalley, Saskia Kahl

This non-fiction is a fascinating and easily readable account of her life that I highly recommend to anyone interested in the period who would like to learn more about this woman who played an indirect role in bringing the Hanoverians onto the British throne.

NetGalley, Beata B. Reviewer

An interesting read about "the finest queen that Britain never had". As a lover of British history, particularly relating to the history of the Royal Family & those who were close to it, I had heard of Sophia of Hanover & knew that her descendants give us today's Royal Family, however I knew nothing of the woman, the politics or even the lineage that came with her. She seems like a formidable woman, who had Stuart blood & used it well!
Overall, I learnt a lot from the book yet it wasn't a difficult academic read.It is written in quite a chatty style, with phrases like "Frederick's father, helpfully named Frederick IV (get ready for a lot of not at all unique names like this)". There is some confusion around names but you can work out who is who eventually!

NetGalley, Lucy Faulds

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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