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A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings
A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings Stella Tillyard 140006371X 9781400063710 The acclaimed author of Aristocrats returns with a major new book that reveals the story of a regal family plagued by scandal and noto
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A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings by Stella Tillyard

The acclaimed author of Aristocrats returns with a major new book that reveals the story of a regal family plagued by scandal and notoriety and trapped by duty, desire, and the protocols of royalty. History remembers King George III of England as the mad monarch who lost America. But as a young man, this poignant figure set aside his own passions in favor of a temperate life as guardian to both his siblings and his country. He would soon learn that his prudently cultivated harmony would be challenged by the impetuous natures of his sisters and brothers, and by a changing world in which the very instituation of monarchy was under fire. At the heart of Stella Tillyards intimate and vivid account is King Georges sister Caroline Mathilde. Married against her will at fifteen to the ailing king of Denmark, she broke all the rules by embarking on an affair with a radical young court doctor. Their rash experiment in free living ended in imprisonment, death, and exile and almost led their two countries to war. Around this tragedy are woven the stories of King Georges scandalous brothers, who squandered their time and titles partying and indulging in disastrous relationships that the gossip-hungry press was all too delighted to report. Historians have always been puzzled by Georges refusal to give up on America, which forced his government to drag out the Revolutionary War long after it was effectively lost. Tillyard suggests that the king, seeing the colonists as part of his family, sought to control them in the same way he had attempted to rule his younger siblings. In this brilliantly interpretive biography, Stella Tillyard conjures up a Georgian world of dynastic marriages, headstrong royals, and radical new ideas. A compelling story of private passions and public disgrace, rebellion and exile, A Royal Affair brings to life the dramatic events that served as a curtain-raiser to the revolutions that convulsed two continents.

Author: Stella Tillyard

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 2006-12-05

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