A Want of Kindness : A Novel of Queen Anne, Hardback Book

A Want of Kindness : A Novel of Queen Anne Hardback

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Every time I see the King and the Queen, I am reminded of what it is I have done, and then I am afraid, I am beyond all expression afraid. The wicked, bawdy Restoration court is no place for a child princess.

Ten-year-old Anne cuts an odd figure: a sickly child, she is drawn towards improper pursuits.

Cards, sweetmeats, scandal and gossip with her Ladies of the Bedchamber figure large in her life.

But as King Charles's niece, Anne is also a political pawn, who will be forced to play her part in the troubled Stuart dynasty. As Anne grows to maturity, she is transformed from overlooked Princess to the heiress of England.

Forced to overcome grief for her lost children, the political manoeuvrings of her sister and her closest friends and her own betrayal of her father, she becomes one of the most complex and fascinating figures of English history.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781782395850

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I absolutely loved this book if you are a fan of Historical Fiction from the likes of Phillipa Gregory Hilary Mantel Alison Weir Livy Michaels etc then this book is for you!Celebrating the 350th anniversay of the birth of Queen Anne this book really delves into the life of Queen Anne from child princess in the glittering restoration court to Queen of England Warning this book will take up all of your spare time as it is utterly absorbing i personally found it sad & poignant at times as I really felt for this character. Really well written & gives great insight into the Stuart Period.

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A Want of Kindness tells the story of Queen Anne from child princess in the Restoration court through being princess to the heiress of England, her interesting life full of personal grief and ill health and political intrigue until she becomes Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702. Anne was the niece of King Charles II and second daughter to James II of England. Anne’s Dutch brother in law and cousin William III became joint monarch with Anne’s elder sister Mary and although they had been close in childhood they became estranged later in life. Anne succeeded William and Mary in 1702 and became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702. This is an ambitious historical novel which re-imagines Queen Anne’s life and transports you to the Stuart court. It is very absorbing and interesting and it relates everyday life in court, political intrigues and important decisions that change the course of history. It portrays Anne as a very human and likeable woman and you really feel for her, especially during her middle age years. I was not familiar with Queen Anne and this time in history and thoroughly enjoyed getting acquainted with this fascinating woman and the time she lived in. This is a book for fans of historical fiction and if you enjoy the work of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir or Hilary Mantel you will love this as well.

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