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A Royal Affair: George III and his Troublesome Siblings Hardcover – Mar 28 2006

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“Dr. Tillyard’s masterful and entertaining accounts of the fates of George’s brothers are poignant reminders of the curse of being born royal.”
–Ben Wilson, Spectator

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Stella Tillyard’s best-selling Aristocrats, which started the vogue for 18th century women’s lives, was followed by Citizen Lord, her biography of the Irish rebel Edward Fitzgerald.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Light of history and heavier on the gossip! Dec 6 2014
By R Helen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Not a bad book really, but not a great one either. My main problem would be that Tillyard presupposes a lot of historical knowledge of British history of the eighteenth century on her readers, and for people like me, we just don't have it. I found I had to spend a lot of time looking up the details on Wikipedia and after a while I just couldn't be bothered anymore. The thing with history books is, though, that the history really is important to understanding the characters and their motives. Without that, it is just a gossip piece on royal lives. This book could have been much better. The link between George III's relationship with his siblings and his thoughts and actions during the American revolution are interesting, however. I would still say, though, that this is not a book to read for history, but rather as a look at royals behaving unroyally.

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