Life in the Georgian Court
As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the English Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Houses rise and fall, births, marriages and scandals change the course of history and in France, Revolution stalks the land. Peep behind the shutters of the opulent court of the doomed Bourbons, the absolutist powerhouse of Romanov Russia and the epoch-defining family whose kings gave their name to the era, the House of Hanover. Behind the pomp and ceremony were men and women born into worlds of immense privilege, yet beneath the powdered wigs and robes of state were real people living lives of romance, tragedy, intrigue and eccentricity. Take a journey into the private lives of very public figures and learn of arranged marriages that turned to love or hate and scandals that rocked polite society. Here the former wife of a king spends three decades in lonely captivity, Prinny makes scandalous eyes at the toast of the London stage and Marie Antoinette begins her last, terrible journey through Paris as her son sits alone in a forgotten prison cell.Life in the Georgian Court is a privileged peek into the glamorous, tragic and iconic courts of the Georgian world, where even a king could take nothing for granted.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 156 x 234 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
- 18 Aug 2016
- Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Pen & Sword History
- Barnsley, United Kingdom
"'I started off being frustrated by the stopping and starting, but the more I read on the more I saw how the book comes together as a whole and realized what a terrific achievement it is, indeed worthy of more than the 4* I was initially going to award it. A delightful book, beautifully presented, and one I shall return to again and again.'"--Terry Tyler Book Reviews Blog "In little over 200 pages, Catherine Curzon takes you on a quick whistle-stop tour through life in the Georgian era, across the royal residences of London to the Palace of Versailles. From the birth of George I and the drama in his ensuing bloodlines to the relatively calmer court times of William IV, the Georgians were no stranger to controversy...... Time and time again, Curzon makes every prince and princess fascinating, no matter their story. Not only that, she makes them all just as important as each other and it's hard to imagine any other author doing these royals a similar amount of justice. ]Life in the Georgian Court is a great beginner's guide to the inner lives of one of the tumultuous courts in history."--History of Royals "The book itself is divided into several 'acts', childhood, marriage, scandal and death and takes us through interesting stories from the Georgian era, like the death of Marie-Antoinette's daughter, Princess Sophie Helene Beatrice and the catastrophic marriage between the future George I of Great Britain and Sophia Dorothea of Celle. I had read most of the stories before so perhaps it's more fun as an introductory read into the era. The style of writing is very fun though, and the author manages to throw in a few jokes. It makes for an easy and enjoyable read."--Moniek Bloks "History of Royal Women " "You can tell, almost from the first page, that Catherine has researched this book with fervent skill and accomplishment. I loved, especially, how you can literally go almost into every court of every kingdom and find something scandalous about one of them, a famous feud maybe, an affair to remember, or a shocking murder. Anything a prospective reader wants you will get with this book. I cannot wait for her next novel, a more in depth look at 'Kings of Georgian Britain' and her first novel 'The Crown Spire' due to be published soon. I count Catherine as an integral part of the history lovers community, a true Madame of the salon, and a good friend."--D.D. Wynn, author of The Choice of Duty "Overall, this historical non-fiction is very readable, well-written and I certainly came away with a stronger knowledge of the Georgian period which is such a fascinating period of European history. I would highly recommend this book anyone who wants to learn more about the royal courts of 18th century Europe, the Georgians or anyone who is interested in this fascinating period of history. "--Where There's Ink, There's Paper
About Catherine Curzon
CATHERINE CURZON is a royal historian who writes on all matters 18th century at www.madamegilflurt.com. Her work has been featured on HistoryExtra.com, the official website of BBC History Magazine, and in publications such as Explore History, All About History, History of Royals, and Jane Austen's Regency World. She has spoken at venues including Kenwood House, Wellington College, the Royal Pavilion, the Hurlingham Club, the National Maritime Museum and Dr Johnson's House. Catherine holds a Master's degree in Film and when not dodging the furies of the guillotine, can be found cheering on the mighty Terriers. She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill.