Kings of Georgian Britain
by Catherine Curzon
Kings of Georgian Britain follows the lives of George I, II, III and IV. This book examines the entirety of each King’s reign as well as the events that unfold and bring them to power. The book is divided into four acts and It’s laced with scandal and political intrigues. In other words, it’s just begging to made into a Netflix show. Really…this would be awesome.
While these people’s lives are depressing regardless of their privilege, they certainly led a colorful life. The entire narrative is woven with some really lovely little anecdotal stories that both demonstrate the current temperament of the people and how they saw their kings.
There is also many solidly confirmed stories I just loved. During George I there is a story about the first time Hadel performed his piece water music. It was apparently performed on a barge alongside the king’s barge. Anyone with a boat was allowed to follow and listen in. After reading this I went to listen to it. I have heard this piece before, but it has a whole new dimension to me now. I will always have this scene in my head when I hear it. The second story was about George IV and his pseudo Indiana Jones adventure opening the tomb of previous kings. How awesome is that.
Really engaging and a fast read. Very good.
For over a century of turmoil, upheaval and scandal, Great Britain was a Georgian land. From the day the German-speaking George I stepped off the boat from Hanover, to the night that George IV, bloated and diseased, breathed his last at Windsor, the four kings had presided over a changing nation.
Kings Georgian Britain offers a fresh perspective on the lives of the four Georges and the events that shaped their characters and reigns. From love affairs to family feuds, political wrangling and beyond, it is a chance to peer behind the pomp and follow these iconic figures from cradle to grave. As their very different lives will show, being a king isn’t always about grand parties and jaw-dropping jewels, and sometimes following in a father’s footsteps can be the hardest job around.
Take a step back in time and meet the wives, mistresses, friends and foes of these remarkable kings who shaped the nation, and find out what really went on behind closed palace doors. Whether dodging assassins, marrying for money, digging up their ancestors or sparking domestic disputes that echoed down the generations, the Georgian kings of Great Britain were never short on drama.