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Royal Experiment : Love and Duty, Madness and Betrayal—The Private Lives of King George III and

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"A masterpiece. Beautifully written, impeccably researched, this heartbreaking narrative of family dysfunction and royal sacrifice is an absolute page-turner." -Amanda Foreman, author ofGeorgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

"Fascinating....Each story is a revelation." -Jenny Uglow, The Guardian

"Particularly incisive-and, it should be stressed, completely accessible." -Booklist (Starred review)

In this magnificent and wonderfully readable biography of Great Britain's King George III, 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, George III has long been doubly famous-as the "tyrant" from whom colonial revolutionaries wrested a nation's liberty and, owing to his late-life illness, as "the mad king." InA Royal Experiment, he is also a man with a poignant agenda. He comes to the throne in 1760, at age twenty-two, determined to be a new kind of king, one whose power will be rooted in the affection and approval of his people. He is equally resolute about being a new kind of man, a husband able to escape the extraordinary family dysfunction of his Hanoverian predecessors and maintain domestic harmony.

For a long time, it seems as if, against the odds, George's great experiment might succeed. His wife, 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, throughout years of revolution in America and in France, the struggle to achieve a new balance between politics and privacy places increasing stress on George, Charlotte, and their children. The story that roils across the long arc of George's life and reign is high drama-tragic and riveting.

"The surprising, deliciously dramatic, and ultimately heartbreaking story of King George III's radical pursuit of happiness in his private life with Queen Charlotte and their 15 children. In the U.S., Britain's George III, the protagonist of A Royal Experiment, is known as the king from whom Americans won their independence and as "the mad king," but in Janice Hadlow's groundbreaking and entertaining new biography, he is another character altogether--compelling and relatable. He was the first of Britain's three Hanoverian kings to be born in England, the first to identify as native of the nation he ruled. But this was far from the only difference between him and his predecessors. Neither of the previous Georges was faithful to his wife, nor to his mistresses. Both hated their own sons. And, overall, their children were angry, jealous, and disaffected schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy narrative and also made their lives unhappy ones. Pained by his childhood amid this cruel and feuding family, George came to the throne aspiring to be a new kind of king--a force for moral good. And to be that new kind of king, he had to be a new kind of man. Against his irresistibly awful family background--of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and betrayal--George fervently pursued a radical domestic dream: he would have a faithful marriage and raise loving, educated, and resilient children.The struggle of King George--along with his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children--to pursue a passionfor family will surprise history buffs and delight a broad swath of biography readers and royal watchers. "--
Edition: Reissue
Number of Pages: 682
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Janice Hadlow
Language: English
Street Date: November 10, 2015
TCIN: 23987102
UPC: 9781250075147
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-5168
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