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Royal Experiment: Love and Duty, Madness and Betrayal the Private Lives of King George III and Queen Charlotte
Royal Experiment: Love and Duty, Madness and Betrayal the Private Lives of King George III and Queen Charlotte | Janice Hadlow
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The stunning debut of an important new history writerIn this magnificent biography of a marriage-between Great Britain's King George III and Queen Charlotte-Janice Hadlow exposes with astonishing emotional force King George's attempt to achieve what none of his forebears had accomplished: a happy family life.To Americans, King George III has long been doubly famous-as the "tyrant" from whom colonial revolutionaries wrested their nation's liberty and, owing to his late-life illness, as "the mad king." In A Royal Experiment, he is also a man with a poignant agenda, determined to be a new kind of king, one whose power will be rooted in the affection and approval of his people, and a new kind of man, a faithful husband capable of companionship and domestic harmony. For a long time, it seems as if, against the odds, George's great experiment might succeed. Queen Charlotte shares his sense of moral purpose, and together they do everything they can to raise their tribe of thirteen sons and daughters in a climate of loving attention. But in a rapidly more populous and prosperous England, through years of revolution in America and in France, the struggle to achieve a new balance between politics and privacy places increasing stress on George and Charlotte. The story that roils across the long arc of George's life and reign is high drama-tragic and riveting.
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LeahBergen
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My current “big fat royal biography buddy read” with @shawnmooney !

I‘ve flagged our check-in points. 😄

DebinHawaii That is a chunkster! 😉 3mo
TrishB Looks interesting 👍🏻 3mo
Leftcoastzen Lots of pages ! 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Wait, what !?!? 15 children! 3mo
Reggie Very cute! 3mo
Cathythoughts Nice looking book & little markers 💕 3mo
Desha Where did you find those book markers?! They are sooo cute! 💗 3mo
LeahBergen @DebinHawaii Right? 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @TrishB It really is, so far. 👍 3mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen Yes, 15!! 😮 3mo
LeahBergen @Desha At a little local stationery shop. 😊 3mo
Desha They are soooo cute! You must have an awesome stationery shop!! 😊👏🏻♥️ 3mo
rubyslippersreads This looks great, and I ❤️ the little page flags! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Stacking!! Looks like an interesting perspective. 3mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @ValerieAndBooks I‘m finding it really well done so far! 3mo
Centique This sounds so interesting. Stacked for sure! 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I'm a Janeite so Regency Period is something I vaguely knew. Sometime during visit to Kew Gardens the penny dropped and the timeline clicked in my head. This + Hamilton + #mynameisalexanderhamiltonreadalong
made me want to know more about George III.

All in all good read (giggles at pun) for anyone with interest in history surrounding Jane Austen and/or English royalty. 🤓

Crinoline_Laphroaig This gives you background put George III's life in perspective. Focuses on all the messed up family drama. Not much on politics except for how it relates to the family interaction and succession. 1y
Crinoline_Laphroaig As a woman reading, you will be grateful for not being at the mercy of fathers, brothers, and angry mothers. And VERY thankful for Birth Control. Queen Charlotte was pretty much pregnant for 20 years. 1y
rubyslippersreads This sounds really interesting. 1y
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MallenNC
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I can‘t see or hear the words #YouSay without thinking of the first lines of King George‘s song You‘ll Be Back in Hamilton. Here are a couple of books about the real king. #AMonthofSongs

OriginalCyn620 Maybe one day I‘ll get to see Hamilton! 3y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 It's coming back to DPAC in 2020. I think that's right. 3y
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