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The Unruly Queen


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Flora Fraser, daughter of bestselling biographer Lady Antonia Fraser, is the author of Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III, Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton and the forthcoming Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire. She lives in London with her husband and three children.


Fraser (Emma, Lady Hamilton, LJ 4/1/87) used records in the Royal Archives and other manuscript collections for this biography of King George IV's unwanted wife. Deserted by him after less than half a year of marriage, given very little opportunity to see her only child, and, after the regency, left with little social life, Caroline moved to the Continent and made the best life she could for herself. After George's accession, she was goaded into returning to England by foreign dignitaries and some deceitful Englishmen with whom she dealt. There she was tried for adultery and narrowly escaped conviction. She died suddenly the next year. Fraser's work shows an interest in her subject; an evenness of treatment throughout the book keeps the end from seeming rushed, adding to the overall enjoyment of this fine work. Recommended for general readers.-Marilyn K. Dailey, Natrona Cty. P.L., Casper, Wyo.

A contemporary observer called the wife of George IV "a depraved woman but an injured wife."(Oct.)

"A complete and well-documented account [that] tells the story of a marginal woman and a near-tragic queen."
--David Cannadine, The New York Times Book Review

"Magnificent. . . . What a saga Caroline's life was."
--New York Post "A squalid tale superbly told."
--Sunday Times (London)

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