Charlotte & Leopold: the true story of the original people's princess

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Old Street Publishing, May 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages
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The tragic story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, heir to the English throne, and Leopold, uncle of Queen Victoria and first King of the Belgians. A story that Jane Austen famously declined to tell, declaring: "I could no more write a romance than an epic poem."

Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of her generation, and her death in childbirth resulted in a public outpouring of grief the like of which was not to be seen again until the death of Diana, over 150 years later. Charlotte's death was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir. Queen Victoria was the product.

James Chambers masterfully demonstrates how the personal and the political inevitably collide in scheming post-Napoleonic Europe, offering a vivid and sympathetic portrait of a couple whose lives are in many ways not their own. From the day she was born, Charlotte won the hearts of her subjects and yet, behind the scenes, she was used, abused, and victimized by rivalries--between her parents; between her father (the Prince Regent, later King George IV) and (Mad) King George III; between her tutors, governesses, and other members of her discordant household; and ultimately between the Whig opposition and the Tory government.

Set in one of the most glamorous eras of British history, against the background of a famously dysfunctional royal family, "Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of The Original People's Princess" is an accessible, moving, funny, and entertaining royal biography with alluring contemporary resonance.

James Chambers is a professional historian and author of many books on British and colonial history, including "The Daily Telegraph History of the British Empire," which sold over 250,000 copies. He has also written extensively for television and made countless BBC TV and radio appearances.

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Review: Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of The Original People's Princess

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I first learned the story of Charlotte and Leopold when reading a biography about Queen Victoria. I'll admit that I don't read much nonfiction and what I have read, centers around the British monarchy ... Read full review

Review: Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of The Original People's Princess

User Review  - Christie - Goodreads

Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of all of King George III's children when she was born in 1796 to the Prince of Wales, as such she was the heir presumptive to the throne of England ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue Daughter of England
1
The Brunswick Bride
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Warwick House
17
Copyright

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James Chambers was born in Ireland and educated at Oxford. He has written many books on British history including Palmerston: The People's Darling, The English House and The Telegraph History of the World. He has also worked extensively in TV. A former international fencer, he still commentates on The Olympic Games and World Championships for TV.

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