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The Scandal of George III's Court (Hardback)

P&S History > British History > Georgian History P&S History > By Century > 18th Century P&S History > Social History

By Catherine Curzon
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 203
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781473872516
Published: 19th November 2018



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From Windsor to Weymouth, the shadow of scandal was never too far from the walls of the House of Hanover. Did a fearsome duke really commit murder or a royal mistress sell commissions to the highest bidders, and what was the truth behind George III's supposed secret marriage to a pretty Quaker?

With everything from illegitimate children to illegal marriages, dead valets, and equerries sneaking about the palace by candlelight, these eyebrow-raising tales from the reign of George III prove that the highest of births is no guarantee of good behaviour. Prepare to meet some shocking ladies, some shameless gentlemen and some politicians who really should know better. Love, greed and ambition were the currency, and the stakes were high.

So tighten your stays, hoist up your breeches and prepare for a gallop through some of the most shocking royal scandals from the court of George III. You'll never look at a king in the same way again…

Author featured in Jane Austen's Regency World - December 2022, A Royal Scandal

Jane Austen's Regency World

As featured in

All About History July 2021

You can have no better tour guide to the subject. Catherine Curzon’s sense of humour and eye for detail is eminently suited to opening a window of the court of the house of Hanover and peeking in... In this book she delivers on her promise to get to the bottom … I mean lift the petticoats … I mean tailcoats … untangle … She investigates allot of the most famous scandals associated with the various George’s and their queen’s.

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Adventures in History Land

The strength of this book lies with the author. Catherine Curzon has a talent for telling stories – especially scandalous ones, apparently. She draws the reader in with an easy -going, conversational style, presenting the facts with her own colourful observations, making the reader feel a part of the scandalous liaisons and conspiracies that make up this book. The Scandal of King George III’s Court is a pleasure to read, and probably the greatest escapism you will ever experience from a non-fiction book.

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History The Interesting Bits, Sharon Bennett Connolly

The writing – which is of no surprise given this is Ms Curzon we are talking about, is flawless. It’s fun, engaging, ridiculously addictive and thoroughly entertaining.

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Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

I had to pick this book up to read because I am quite the fan of Curzon’s books on the Georgians. Her writing style just oozes charisma and makes it feel like you’re having a cheeky chat about the royals over a cup of tea with her rather than merely reading a book. It’s a very rare thing to find a nonfiction book that is both interesting and compulsively readable and this gem of a book is certainly one of the rare ones that is both of these! It’s intriguing and accessible and also fun, making it brilliant not only for history lovers and gossip loving academics but also the casual reader.

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Tea With Boleyn

With a pithy writing style well suited to the subject matter, Curzon has produced a page-turner that lifts the lid on the private lives of very public figures.

Jane Austen's Regency World, January/February 2019 – reviewed by Joceline Bury

It was fun, amusing. Curzon’s jaunty writing style lends itself to the subject and it’s obvious that the eighteenth century is her passion. She writes sympathetically and makes evenhanded judgements on the truth or otherwise of the rumours and scandal. She uses contemporary sources, later literature and current scholarship to provide a rounded picture of events and the people involved.

This book is a an accessible, fun, introduction to the period and people of George III’s court.

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Rosemarie Cawkwell, Blogger

I don’t want to spoil or give away too much because this is definitely a book I would recommend all my history loving readers to pick up! But I just enjoyed the way this book was written so so much! It became a really fun and easy read and something that I could easily pick up and finish chapter after chapter!

This is a five star read for me for sure, it has made me so excited about a topic and time period that I haven’t delved into that much and I am now super excited to read more about this fabulous Georgian era!

Definitely give this one a go guys!

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Samantha Paris

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Yorkshire Post, 4th January 2019

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.

Born on this day - George III

4th June 1738

George III reigned as King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820. The two countries were merged into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1 January 1821.

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