A Royal Affair : George III and His Troublesome Siblings, Paperback

A Royal Affair : George III and His Troublesome Siblings Paperback

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The young George III was a poignant figure, humdrum on the surface yet turbulent beneath: hiding his own passions, he tried hard to be a father to his siblings and his nation.

This intimate, fast-moving book tells their intertwined stories.

His sisters were doomed to marry foreign princes and leave home forever; his brothers had no role and too much time on their hands - a recipe for disaster.

At the heart of Tillyard's story is Caroline Mathilde, who married the mad Christian of Denmark in her teens, but fell in love with the royal doctor Struensee: a terrible fate awaited them, despite George's agonized negotiations.

At the same time he faced his tumultuous American colonies. And at every step a feverish press pounced on the gossip, fostering a new national passion - a heated mix of celebrity and sex.




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So far found this book very disappointing. I personnally feel that it is important to get the facts right in historical biographies.....not in this book. The first one I have found is the birth date of George II is wrongly written as 24th May (this was Queen Victoria's) not the correct 4th June. This along with numerous spelling mistakes and a poorly drawn family tree are putting me off finishing the book.

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Very well written and not at all dry and academic, an important point in popular history writing. The sections about Caroline Mathilde and Denmark could possibly have made an entirely separate book as her story takes up a vast portion of the middle of this book. Although the book kept me engaged throughout, the author appears to become less coherent in the last quarter, almost as if she had not taken the same time or care when writing the last section.

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