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The Scandal of George III's Court (Paperback)

British History P&S History Social History 18th Century

By Catherine Curzon
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 203
ISBN: 9781526751638
Published: 3rd April 2019

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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…

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 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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