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Carolina of Orange-Nassau: Ancestress of the Royal Houses of Europe Paperback – February 5, 2019
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785359149
- ISBN-10 : 1785359142
- Product Dimensions : 5.47 x 0.26 x 8.51 inches
- Publisher : Chronos Books (February 5, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #815,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carolina of Orange-Nassau is whom many of today’s European monarchies consider an ancestor. As important as she was, not many historians have given her a detailed study. This is the first biography in English of this important figure. Carolina of Orange-Nassau is portrayed as a devoted mother and a lover of music.
Carolina is the granddaughter of King George II and Caroline of Ansbach. Her parents were William IV, the Prince of Orange, and Anne, the Princess Royal. She married Charles Christian, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg. She would give birth to 16 children. Carolina had a passion for arts and was the patroness of Mozart. Unfortunately, Carolina had an illness and died at the age of 44.
While Carolina’s life was short-lived, it seemed that she was a woman of significance. The author gives us a list of every royal who is descended from her and the list is long. Some of her descendants are King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, King Philippe of Belgium. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Harald V of Norway, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, and King Felipe VI of Spain. Thus, Carolina has made an important contribution to history.
I was a bit disappointed by this book’s length, which is 97 pages. Because there has not been a biography of this fascinating woman, I was sad that this book was not in-depth and only gave me a brief overview about her life. Instead of a detailed story, the author just gives me a list of dates and facts without much of an explanation of who these people were. For example, the author just gives us a list of Carolina’s husband, but gives us no backstory on him or why Carolina chose him as her husband. Instead of fleshing out the facts on her life, the author spends a chapter on all the castles that Carolina has lived in, which I found interesting but completely irrelevant in a biography. I was also a little disappointed that the author was given access to many of her letters, but only included very few snippets into the book.
Overall, this was a short and very easy to read biography of Carolina of Orange-Nassau. However, this book had the makings to be an excellent biography, but it was disorganized and not well-formed. I still recommend this for those who have never heard of Carolina and would like to read a light biography on this forgotten royal. However, for those who would like an in-depth biography on her, will still have to wait a little longer. Carolina of Orange-Nassau does bring a significant woman out from obscurity.
(Note: I read an ARC copy of this book in courtesy of Netgalley.)
This well written well researched book is a winner. It introduced me to an amazing woman history has chosen to put on the back shelf. Carolina had a life worth sharing and this book is an excellent start.
This is a good book that was difficult to put down. Being a history buff I started reading and realized I was going to have to get through the hectic days of the holidays to complete reading this book since I wouldn't want to put it down. When life finally slowed down for me I read the book in one day. This in a fast and enjoyable read and I highly recommend this book to all, but especially those interested in European history.
Thank you NetGalley, John Hunt Publishing, author Moniek Books and Ben Craib of JHP for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Based on the information provided, one could easily make the argument that she is responsible for the gift that is Mozart's music. She met Mozart as a young budding musical prodigy and provided support for his musical talent. Unfortunately, Mozart became quite ill during one of the visits with Carolina. Because Mozart was with Carolina at the time, she was able to provide the resources to aid in his recovery. I found this part of Carolina's story the most intriguing.
I found this book to be a good brief biographical overview of Carolina. It was by no means a complete account of this royal's life. There were acknowledged multi-year holes missing in personal letters used as references in writing this book. Regardless, the author did an admirable job of writing Carolina's story with the information available. I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the European royals.