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Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III Paperback – April 11, 2006
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King George III's six daughters tend to get short shrift from historians and biographers who focus on their father, their brothers, and their niece Queen Victoria. The prevailing picture of them is of six mousy women pushed into the background. Fraser has pulled Charlotte, Augusta, Elizabeth, Mary, Sophia, and Amelia out of the shadows and let us see that they had strong personalities and lives of their own.
The six princesses were victims of circumstance even more than most eighteenth century royal women. Ordinarily they would have been married off to men they scarcely knew almost as soon as they reached puberty in order to strengthen Britain's alliances. George III, however, had been horrified by the ill treatment two of his own sisters received at the hands of unloving husbands, and he was determined that his own daughters would not suffer such a fate. Unfortunately his paternal affections did not extend to allowing his daughters to marry Englishmen they loved, and only meant that he turned down overtures from many foreign princes, usually without consulting his daughters at all. Furthermore, as the princesses reached marriageable age the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars meant many possible suitors were now the enemies of Britain and thus out of bounds.Read more ›
There have been a few recent attempts to try to rectify this, usually within biographies of either their father or their brothers. Dorothy Stuart's biography has been the best atetmpt so far (in my opinion) but Fraser's account exceeds this in many ways. Whether she had access to better information, or simply resisted over-speculating, this account is definitely a cut above the rest.
George III and his wife had 6 daughters and 6 sons. And the difference in the lives is astonishing. While the sons, almost to a man, went out and lived profligate lives, wasting the privy purse and shacking up with actresses. The daughters were kept under strict purdah only allowed to participate in court life. Although at times they begged for marriage their prospects were limited. There was little chance generally for them to be married at a time when Britain was almost entirely cut off from the continent thanks to conflict withfrench and later napoleon. But also because G III had seen his own sisters suffer in unhappy marriages.
It may seem a dull subject for a biograpy...yet many contributing factors make this well worth reading. The lives of teh daughters were dictated to by the impending madness of their father (a fate you wonder might not have been visited on at least one or two of the brothers as well). The strange life at court which is an alien world with its formality etc to us now.Read more ›
The King's growing madness is heavily emphasized in this story. And this is fitting because this was a growing part of the lives of the children. Ms. Fraser did a remarkable job with this book. It is based on the extensive letters between Queen Charlotte and the six girls. It is not a typical biography talking of the major events of King George's rule, it is the personal story of this group of women trying to live a semi-normal life amidst life at the court.
It is a fascinating book that looks at a time far removed from ours.
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Amazing and very informative! I am currently writing historical fiction and thoroughly studying the georgian/Victorian/edwardian era for the fun of it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.5 stars. A good history, and the scenes dealing with George III's final descent into madness are riveting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Gunnar Grey
GEORGE III AND HIS DAUGHTERS: This is a sensible read if you're looking for detail and trivia. It is slow and boring, like required reading when you're in the 11th grade on a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joseph H. Race
This isn't a terrible book but it could have much better.
First, too many names and trivial details were mentioned. Read more
The condition of the book is even better than I imagined. Thanks!Published 18 months ago by Jess Schira
An interesting book. I don't have anything against George III, he did the best he could, but I'm glad I wasn't one of his daughters.Published 22 months ago by Margery Green
What a great book! I learned so much from it, including some American History. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyonePublished on December 2, 2013 by M. Chessey