By Janice Hadlow
The extraordinary, deliciously dramatic, and finally heartbreaking tale of King George III’s radical pursuit of happiness in his deepest lifestyles with Queen Charlotte and their 15 children.
In the united states, Britain's George III, the protagonist of A Royal test, is called the king from whom americans gained their independence and as "the mad king," yet in Janice Hadlow’s groundbreaking and pleasing new biography, he's one other personality altogether—compelling and relatable.
He was once the 1st of Britain’s 3 Hanoverian kings to be born in England, the 1st to spot as local of the state he governed. yet this used to be faraway from the single distinction among him and his predecessors. Neither of the former Georges used to be trustworthy to his spouse, nor to his mistresses. either hated their very own sons. And, total, their kids have been offended, jealous, and disaffected schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy narrative and in addition made their lives unsatisfied ones.
Pained by means of his formative years amid this merciless and feuding kin, George got here to the throne intending to be a brand new type of king—a strength for ethical reliable. And to be that new form of king, he needed to be a brand new form of guy. opposed to his irresistibly lousy kinfolk background—of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and betrayal—George fervently pursued a thorough household dream: he might have a loyal marriage and lift loving, proficient, and resilient children.
The fight of King George—along together with his spouse, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children—to pursue a keenness for family members will shock heritage buffs and enjoyment a vast swath of biography readers and royal watchers.
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Her father, she would have guessed, would have done anything to keep her tethered to the family and its businesses. I read his graduate thesis, he said. He went to Princeton. I know, Dad. Have you read it? No. You should. It’s on campaign finance reform. He was smiling at her. It was not. No, it wasn’t. I haven’t read it. It doesn’t exist. He didn’t finish his graduate degree. He dropped out after a term and went to law school instead. I wonder what changed his mind. I’ll ask him. Yes. Ask him.
I’m still building it as I go. Following leads. Of course, you’d understand. Probably similar to the way you investigate. It’s not uncommon for the best information to come from more distant sources. They have less to lose, no strong ties to betray or ongoing concerns to protect, or sometimes they even wish to . . she paused, looking for the right words . . cement their often tenuous link to the subject. Especially if the subject is a Canadian dynasty — like in this case. It’s often just pure vanity that gets people to talk.
A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow