By Janice Hadlow
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"A masterpiece . . . . [T]his heartbreaking narrative of kinfolk disorder and royal sacrifice is an absolute page-turner." —Amanda Foreman, writer of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
"[A] attention-grabbing, story-filled account . . . . each one tale is a revelation." —Jenny Uglow, The Guardian
The miraculous, deliciously dramatic, and finally heartbreaking tale of King George III's radical pursuit of happiness in his deepest lifestyles with Queen Charlotte and their 15 children
In the united states, Britain's George III, the protagonist of A Royal scan, is named the king from whom americans gained their independence and as "the mad king," yet in Janice Hadlow's groundbreaking and enjoyable new biography, he's one other personality altogether—compelling and relatable.
He was once the 1st of Britain's 3 Hanoverian kings to be born in England, the 1st to spot as local of the kingdom he governed. yet this used to be faraway from the single distinction among him and his predecessors. Neither of the former Georges used to be devoted to his spouse, nor to his mistresses. either hated their very own sons. And, total, their young ones have been offended, jealous, and disaffected schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy narrative and likewise made their lives unsatisfied ones.
Pained through his early life amid this merciless and feuding kin, George got here to the throne meaning to be a brand new type of king—a strength for ethical stable. And to be that new form of king, he needed to be a brand new type of guy. opposed to his irresistibly lousy kin background—of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and betrayal—George fervently pursued a thorough household dream: he could have a devoted marriage and lift loving, trained, and resilient children.
The fight of King George—along together with his spouse, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children—to pursue a keenness for kinfolk will shock background buffs and enjoyment a vast swath of biography readers and royal watchers.
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