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Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians
Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians | Janice Hadlow
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The surprising, deliciously dramatic, and ultimately heartbreaking story of King George III's radical pursuit of happiness in his private life with Queen Charlotte and their 15 childrenIn the U.S., Britain's George III, the protagonist of "A Royal Experiment," is known as the king from whom Americans won their independence and as "the mad king," but in Janice Hadlow's groundbreaking and entertaining new biography, he is another character altogether--compelling and relatable.He was the first of Britain's three Hanoverian kings to be born in England, the first to identify as native of the nation he ruled. But this was far from the only difference between him and his predecessors. Neither of the previous Georges was faithful to his wife, nor to his mistresses. Both hated their own sons. And, overall, their children were angry, jealous, and disaffected schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy narrative and also made their lives unhappy ones.Pained by his childhood amid this cruel and feuding family, George came to the throne aspiring to be a new kind of king--a force for moral good. And to be that new kind of king, he had to be a new kind of man. Against his irresistibly awful family background--of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and betrayal--George fervently pursued a radical domestic dream: he would have a faithful marriage and raise loving, educated, and resilient children.The struggle of King George--along with his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children--to pursue a passion for family will surprise history buffs and delight a broad swath of biography readers and royal watchers.
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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! 😉 1mo
TrishB Looks interesting 👍🏻 1mo
Leftcoastzen Lots of pages ! 1mo
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Leftcoastzen Wait, what !?!? 15 children! 1mo
Reggie Very cute! 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice looking book & little markers 💕 1mo
Desha Where did you find those book markers?! They are sooo cute! 💗 1mo
LeahBergen @DebinHawaii Right? 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB It really is, so far. 👍 1mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen Yes, 15!! 😮 1mo
LeahBergen @Desha At a little local stationery shop. 😊 1mo
Desha They are soooo cute! You must have an awesome stationery shop!! 😊👏🏻♥️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads This looks great, and I ❤️ the little page flags! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Stacking!! Looks like an interesting perspective. 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @ValerieAndBooks I‘m finding it really well done so far! 1mo
Centique This sounds so interesting. Stacked for sure! 1mo
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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. 14mo
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. 14mo
rubyslippersreads This sounds really interesting. 14mo
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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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