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The Scandal of George III's Court (Kindle)

British History P&S History Social History Georgian Era 18th Century

By Catherine Curzon
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 7.9 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 203
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781473872523
eBook Released: 20th December 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…

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 the 18th century.


Catherine’s first play, Being Mr Wickham, premiered to sell-out audiences in 2019. An internationally acclaimed livestream in 2021 was followed by a UK tour, starring co-writer Adrian Lukis. She has spoken at venues including Kenwood House, Wellington College, the Royal Pavilion, the National Maritime Museum, and Dr Johnson’s House.


Her work has been featured online by Vanity Fair, BBC News, BBC History Extra and the Daily Express, and in publications including All About History, Who Do You Think You Are?, and Jane Austen’s Regency World. Further afield, her expertise has been featured by Town & Country, Elle Australia, and Der Bund, among others.


Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Film. She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill with a rakish gent, a relaxed cat, and an excitable dog. She writes for Orion as Ellie Curzon.

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