Lost Queen

Lost Queen

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552083496
  • 9780552083492

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Lost queens, embattled women confronting portentous circumstances, are Lofts' specialties, and this is one of the best of her stylish, moving chronicles. Unlike most of her contemporaries who broadcast their research and characters as through a PA system, Miss Lofts moves surely, compassionately among men and women of another age as if it were her own. This time the story is set in England and Denmark in the reign of the young George III, concerns the drear fortunes of his sister Caroline, exported for marriage to the also-young King Christian of Denmark, eventually to be destroyed by his progressive mental illness. The lively, beautiful, responsive Caroline, reared to royal responsibility, set aside her earlier premonitions. She arrived in Denmark with a determination to love, be loved and fulfill her queenly imperatives. But she is humiliated, tortured by the haunted King, suffers the loss of her much loved brother Edward, bears children and is separated from them. Finally she turns to a lover, the powerful Dr. Struensee, who through the trust of the King was able to effect political and social reforms. But a conspiracy sends Struensee to his death and Caroline, narrowly escaping execution, is exiled. Her death from disease, in her twenties, as supporters gathered to restore her to the throne, seems a prodigal waste of youth, ability and beauty in a woman betrayed. Again Miss Lofts echoes tragedy in her minor characters - the pathetic serving girl, Alice, the tiny black boy, Peppo - and their exploitation is no less searing than the trials of their doomed betters. There is an inconsequential juggling of historical emphasis, but this is a royal chimney corner tale - fit for a queen. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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