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A royal affair : George III and his scandalous siblings

Author: S K Tillyard
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tillyard, S.K.
Royal affair.
New York : Random House, ©2006
(OCoLC)762253009
Named Person: George, King of Great Britain; George, King of Great Britain; George, King of Great Britain
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S K Tillyard
ISBN: 140006371X 9781400063710
OCLC Number: 65400824
Description: xxiv, 352 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: "Fritz ist Dode" --
Sayer of things --
Dangerous prescription --
Lewd and adulterous conversation --
Doughter of England --
Honest man --
"Oh, God! It is all over!"
Responsibility: Stella Tillyard.
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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 institution of monarchy was under fire. At the heart of Stella Tillyard's intimate and vivid accounts is King George's sister Caroline Mathilde. married against her will at 15 to the ailing king of Denmark, she broke all the rules by embarking on an affair with a radical young court, doctor. There 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 George's 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 Georgia's 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. - Jacket flap.

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. Historians have always been puzzled by George's refusal to give up on America, which forced his government to drag out the Revolutionary War long after it was effectively lost. Biographer 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.--From publisher description.

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