Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court (Paperback)
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Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 02/06/2011
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In the eighteenth century, the palace's most elegant assembly room was in fact a bloody battlefield. This was a world of skulduggery, politicking, wigs and beauty-spots, where fans whistled open like flick-knives... Ambitious and talented people flocked to court of George II and Queen Caroline in search of power and prestige, but Kensington Palace was also a gilded cage. Successful courtiers needed level heads and cold hearts; their secrets were never safe. Among them, a Vice Chamberlain with many vices, a Maid of Honour with a secret marriage, a pushy painter, an alcoholic equerry, a Wild Boy, a penniless poet, a dwarf comedian, two mysterious turbaned Turks and any number of discarded royal mistresses.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571238903
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 199 x 129 x 24 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

"All those flowers placed outside Princess Diana's London home 13 summers ago are only the latest chapter in the history of one of those palaces where the walls could tell many a tale about the intersection of aristocracy and political culture."-Martin Rubin, "The Wall Street Journal"

"Brilliantly entertaining ... [she] writes with flair, bringing her characters to life ... In spite of its accessible charm, "Courtiers "is a serious historical study which chisels much richness from the ornate, dingy, contradictory world of the palace."-"Times Literary Supplement"

"As chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces charity Worsley couldn't have been in a better position to winkle out the secrets of one of the palaces under her aegis. She has written a book that vividly brings to life the reigns of the first Hanoverian monarchs and almost humanises the two Georges ... Worsley's book is full of extraordinary charact

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“Brilliant narrative history...”

An outstanding piece of narrative history which intertwines a lively and lucid overview of the historical and social context of the royal tenures of of George I and George II, with the fascinating minutiae of everyday... More

Hardback edition
28th January 2010
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Ian McL

“Towards the Unknown Region . . .”

Having thoroughly enjoyed Lucy's revitalisation and re-enactment of lives in history on TV, I bought this book hoping for a similar level of enlightenment - and was not disappointed! Although an avid fan of... More

Paperback edition
21st August 2011
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