A Royal Affair: George III and his Troublesome Siblings

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Random House, Dec 7, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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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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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Although the book is ostensibly about King George III of England and his numerous siblings, it is mostly about George and his youngest sister, Caroline Matilda. Tillyard follows their claustrophobic ... Read full review

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User Review  - pcollins - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Stella Tillyard has been described by Simon Schama as 'a phenomenally gifted writer'. Her books include Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox,1740-1832; Citizen Lord: Edward Fitzgerald, 1763-1798, and most recently Tides of War. She has lived in the USA and Italy and now lives in London.

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