A Royal Experiment Love and Duty, Madness and Betrayal葉he Private Lives of King George III and Queen Charlotte

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-11-10
  • Publisher: Picador
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The stunning debut of an important new history writer

In 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.

Author Biography

<b>JANICE HADLOW</b> has worked at the BBC for over two decades. During the last ten years she ran BBC Two and BBC Four, two of the broadcaster's major television channels. She was educated at Swanley School in Kent, and graduated with a first class degree in history from King's College, London. She currently lives in Bath. <i>A Royal Experiment</i> is her first book.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi
Family Tree xviii
Prologue 1
1. The Strangest Family 17
2. A Passionate Partnership 44
3. Son and Heir 79
4. The Right Wife 127
5. A Modern Marriage 154
6. Fruitful 182
7. Private Lives 208
8. A Sentimental Education 226
9. Numberless Trials 274
10. Great Expectations 309
11. An Intellectual Malady 352
12. Three Weddings 417
13. The Wrong Lovers 473
14. Established 535
Notes 619
Bibliography 650
Acknowledgements 655
illustration Credits 659
Index 661

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