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Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III

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From biographer Flora Fraser ( she has a gift penetrating analysis--New York Times Book Review), a brilliant group biography of the daughters of Mad King George III. Fraser takes us into the heart of the British royal family during the tumultuous period of the American and French revolutions and beyond, inside the complicated lives of these exceptional women: Princess Royal, the eldest, constantly at odds with mother; home-loving, family-minded Augusta; plump Elizabeth, a gifted amateur artist; Mary, the bland beauty of the family; Sophia, emotional and prone to take refuge in illness; and Amelia, the most turbulent and tempestuous of all the Princess. Weaving together letters and historical accounts, Fraser re-creates their world--its frustrations and its excitements. The six sisters, though handsome, extremely well educated, and accomplished, were kept from marrying by George III, and Fraser describes how they remained subject to their father for many years, while he teetered on the brink of mental collapse. With a discerning eye for psychological detail and a keen feminist sensibility, Fraser delves into the princesses' clandestine love affairs, uncovering the truth about Sophia's illegitimate baby, examining Amelia's intimate correspondence with her soldier-lover, and investigating the eventual marriages Royal, Elizabeth, and Mary. A revelatory portrait of six fascinating royal women and their place in history.

Synopsis:

From acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser, a brilliant group biography of the six daughters of "Mad" King George III.

Fraser takes us into the heart of the British royal family during the tumultuous period of the American and French revolutions and beyond, illuminating the complicated lives of these exceptional women: Princess Royal, the eldest, constantly at odds with her mother; home-loving, family-minded Augusta; plump Elizabeth, a gifted amateur artist; Mary, the bland beauty of the family; Sophia, emotional and prone to take refuge in illness; and Amelia, "the most turbulent and tempestuous of all the Princesses." Weaving together letters and historical accounts, Fraser re-creates their world in all its frustrations and excitements.

The six sisters, though handsome, accomplished and extremely well educated, were kept from marrying by George III, and Fraser describes how they remained subject to their father for many years, while he teetered on the brink of mental collapse. The King may have believed that his six daughters were happy to live celibately at Windsor, but secretly, as Fraser's absorbing narrative of royal repression and sexual license shows, the sisters enjoyed startling freedom. Several of them, torn between love for their ailing father and longing for independence, forged their own scandalous and subversive lives within the castle walls. With a discerning eye for psychological detail and a keen feminist sensibility, Fraser delves into these clandestine love affairs, revealing the truth about Sophia's illegitimate baby; examining Amelia's intimate correspondence with her soldier-lover; and investigating the eventual marriages of Princesses Royal, Elizabeth andMary.

Never before has the historical searchlight been turned with such sympathy and acuity on George III and his family. With unparalleled access to royal and private family papers, Flora Fraser has created a revelatory portrait of six fascinating women and their place in history.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

In this sumptuous group portrait of the six daughters of “Mad” King George III, acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser takes us into the heart of the British royal family during the tumultuous period of the American and French revolutions.

Drawing on their extraordinary private correspondence, Fraser gives voice to these handsome, accomplished, extremely well-educated women: Princess Royal, the eldest, constantly at odds with her mother; home-loving, family-minded Augusta; plump Elizabeth, a gifted amateur artist; Mary, the bland beauty of the family; Sophia, emotional and prone to take refuge in illness; and Amelia, “the most turbulent and tempestuous of all the Princesses.” Never before has the historical searchlight been turned with such sympathy and acuity on George III and his family.

Synopsis:

From biographer Flora Fraser who has a "gift of penetrating analysis" ("New York Times Book Review")--comes a brilliant group biography of the daughters of "Mad" King George III.

About the Author

Flora Fraser is the author of Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton and The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400096695
Author:
Fraser, Flora
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Princesses
Subject:
Mary
Subject:
Elizabeth
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 PAGES OF COLOR
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 1.03 in 1.125 lb

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Product details 496 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400096695 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser, a brilliant group biography of the six daughters of "Mad" King George III.

Fraser takes us into the heart of the British royal family during the tumultuous period of the American and French revolutions and beyond, illuminating the complicated lives of these exceptional women: Princess Royal, the eldest, constantly at odds with her mother; home-loving, family-minded Augusta; plump Elizabeth, a gifted amateur artist; Mary, the bland beauty of the family; Sophia, emotional and prone to take refuge in illness; and Amelia, "the most turbulent and tempestuous of all the Princesses." Weaving together letters and historical accounts, Fraser re-creates their world in all its frustrations and excitements.

The six sisters, though handsome, accomplished and extremely well educated, were kept from marrying by George III, and Fraser describes how they remained subject to their father for many years, while he teetered on the brink of mental collapse. The King may have believed that his six daughters were happy to live celibately at Windsor, but secretly, as Fraser's absorbing narrative of royal repression and sexual license shows, the sisters enjoyed startling freedom. Several of them, torn between love for their ailing father and longing for independence, forged their own scandalous and subversive lives within the castle walls. With a discerning eye for psychological detail and a keen feminist sensibility, Fraser delves into these clandestine love affairs, revealing the truth about Sophia's illegitimate baby; examining Amelia's intimate correspondence with her soldier-lover; and investigating the eventual marriages of Princesses Royal, Elizabeth andMary.

Never before has the historical searchlight been turned with such sympathy and acuity on George III and his family. With unparalleled access to royal and private family papers, Flora Fraser has created a revelatory portrait of six fascinating women and their place in history.

"From the Hardcover edition.

"Synopsis" by , In this sumptuous group portrait of the six daughters of “Mad” King George III, acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser takes us into the heart of the British royal family during the tumultuous period of the American and French revolutions.

Drawing on their extraordinary private correspondence, Fraser gives voice to these handsome, accomplished, extremely well-educated women: Princess Royal, the eldest, constantly at odds with her mother; home-loving, family-minded Augusta; plump Elizabeth, a gifted amateur artist; Mary, the bland beauty of the family; Sophia, emotional and prone to take refuge in illness; and Amelia, “the most turbulent and tempestuous of all the Princesses.” Never before has the historical searchlight been turned with such sympathy and acuity on George III and his family.

"Synopsis" by , From biographer Flora Fraser who has a "gift of penetrating analysis" ("New York Times Book Review")--comes a brilliant group biography of the daughters of "Mad" King George III.
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