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by Flora Fraser

Barred from the Regent's court, Queen Caroline travelled through Europe with a small court of her ow.

Barred from the Regent's court, Queen Caroline travelled through Europe with a small court of her own. Her story – a long, courageous fight by an extraordinary individual to see justice done in the face of overbearing authority – is compellingly told by Flora Fraser.

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Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline Paperback – Import, 1997. by FLORA FRASER (Author).

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Using her maiden name Flora Fraser, she has written biographies of Emma Hamilton, Caroline of Brunswick, the daughters of George III, and Pauline Bonaparte. The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline (1996). Princesses: the Six Daughters of George III (2004)

Using her maiden name Flora Fraser, she has written biographies of Emma Hamilton, Caroline of Brunswick, the daughters of George III, and Pauline Bonaparte. Fraser attended Holland Park School for one year before joining her elder sister Rebecca at St Paul's Girls' School. Princesses: the Six Daughters of George III (2004). Venus of Empire: The Life of Pauline Bonaparte (2009). The Washingtons (2015).

The popularity of Queen Caroline with the populace, always . Flora Fraser is definitely Antonia's daughter.

The popularity of Queen Caroline with the populace, always looking for symbols of opposition to the monarchy, makes clearer the similar fascination in our time with as inexplicable a figure as Diana, Princess of Wales. Ms. Fraser doesn't dwell lasciviously on the naughty bits, but she doesn't avoid them either.

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Flora Fraser gives us the fascinating story of a mismatched Prince and Princess of Wales, married in 1795 and separated less than a year later. George III arranged the marriage of his niece Caroline of Brunswick to his son George. Their disastrous, and probably bigamous, marriage (George having earlier privately married a Catholic widow), had profound political consequences culminating in the trial of Caroline for adultery. Caroline's place in history has generally been limited to that of persecuted wife but Fraser, with access to previously unavailable documents, provides a complex portrait of a spirited woman who refused to be victimized.
I haven't finished reading this and already appreciate how it's written and what it has to say about Queen Caroline and her difficult life as the wife of the Prince Regent and his later kingship as King George IV. At this point, I'd recommend the book and the author.
Excellent book. Highly recommend.
This is based on the life of a real person. It is truly a sad and unhappy story of a person who had it all and didn't understand how lucky they were.
the monster
This is a very interesting story of a completely fascinating time period in British history.
I enjoyed reading. The author keeps the flow well. Never got boring!!!
Both Fraser Mother & Fraser daughter can research a subject to death. However, neither writes gracefully or entertainingly. This book reads like a compilation of notes. Yawn. I'd rather read a loosey goosey Mitford biography, as if I wanted sleep, I'd read dissertations.
Flora Fraser: Scholar with a Sense of Fun.
By: Sheila Coffin
An Interview with Flora Fraser:
The very British and rather brilliant author Flora Fraser, began her work on the best-selling, "The Unruly Queen," when her editor, Robert Gottlieb, suggested that she write about Queen Caroline.
In case your history is foggy, Queen Caroline, born Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel in 1768, was the wife of George IV of England. Flora told me about it while she sat in front of the huge picture window overlooking the ocean. I had just finished telling her how my mother and I saw our first whales there when I said, "Here I come from an old Nantucket Whaling family and I've never seen a whale." "At which time," I told Flora, "the sky opened, a rainbow stabbed the ocean and a shape breached the surface and sprayed!"
Flora and I laughed but now while we talked we were both alert for the possible presence of whales outside the window.
Flora: "I researched 'The Unruly Queen : The Life of Queen Caroline' in the Royal Archives for ten years. The story of Queen Caroline was a most undignified Regency riot, with the famously sophisticated Prince Regent, as the Prince of Wales became in 1822, and Her Royal Highness the Princes of Wales, brawling and abusing each other like fishwives."
Flora gestured behind her, asking if I saw any whales.
"No," I shook my head.
Flora sighed and continued, "I was intrigued by the Queen, by her intelligence, her bravery, her optimistic character. She also had some less endearing traits. She told fantastic lies, was sexually brazen, a spendthrift and selfish. The Queen's husband turned her out of his home because she did not please him, she 'smelt,' and was the possessor of 'personal nastiness.' Caroline had things to say about George IV, too. She countered that he was not half so handsome as his portrait and rather fat. It was the adultery of both parties that made for such a scandal. Rumor had it that George IV was already previously married to a Catholic widow, Marie Fitzherbert. George IV also had a mistress, Lady Jersey, whom he flaunted even before he ejected Caroline from his home. For twenty-five years the Prince made every effort to divorce Caroline. She resisted him, sometimes from mischief, sometimes because she felt she should not be made to suffer because of the Prince's misconduct. Ironically it was Caroline who was put on trial for adultery. Spies employed by George IV claimed she had committed adultery with a variety of lovers, among them an Italian 'low man,' named Bartelomeo Pergami. Caroline's spirited response was, 'I have only committed adultery once, and that was with the husband of Mrs. Fitzherbert.' The allegations of George IV's marriage to Maria Fitzherbert, and the extent of the truth behind Queen Caroline's possible indiscretions were never resolved. Caroline's trial ended with the charges of adultery being dropped. The divorce was never accomplished as the Queen died shortly after George IV's ascent to the throne."
The British people's intrigue with their Royalty continues as does the interesting behavior of these Regents.
Flora Fraser, herself, is another instance of history continuing itself. She comes from a strong line of Biographers. Both her mother and grandmother are writers.
Flora says this of them: "My family has helped me to steer a clear course as a writer. I inherited my editor, Robert Gottlieb, from both of them as well."
Listening to Flora speak of her various writing achievements one is left with the impression of a colorful and animated intelligence, of someone who went forth into the Royal Archives in the tower of Windsor Castle armed for serious study and who at the end of ten years came away with a spicy and captivating biography about a royal past that seems replicated in the country's current events.
Flora's style is delightful. You will want read this Biography to see how much, or how little history, and people, have changed.
We never did see a whale that day but when I left Flora she was looking.
A biography about one of England's most enigmatic (and on this side of the pond, lesser known) Queens.

A woman seemingly possessed of a good heart, but little common sense, Queen Charlotte was raised in the rather stodgy, provincial Hanoverian Court in Germany. Naive and rather gauche, poor Charlotte was married off while still a teenager to her first cousin, the future British King George IV.

George was a dandy and bon vivant who had already contracted a marriage years ago to the attractive, and apparently virtuous, Mrs. FitzHerbert. Alas, Mrs. FitzHerbert was not only a commoner, but a staunch catholic, and George was a spend thrift up to his eyeballs in debt. His father, King George III, refused to continue filling his coffers unless he found himself a proper (i.e. royal) bride. So he abandoned Mrs. FitzHerbert and wed his cousin Charlotte.

They were wed by proxy, sight unseen, and when Charlotte arrived in England it was repulsion at first sight for George IV. Everything about her displeased him - her mind, her manners, her appearance. After siring one child (a daughter also named Charlotte), George promptly returned to the far more worldly and appealing Mrs. FitzHerbert.

Rather than meekly accept her fate, as she was expected to do, Charlotte rebelled. Her rebellion was to cost her dearly. George III was eventually declared mad, and George IV ruled as regent, ushering in the Regency period. No longer subject to the constraints imposed by his father, George IV sought a divorce, and Caroline was famously tried for adultry, a cause deeply dividing Parliament.

Charlotte led a tragic, but interesting life. As with Marie-Antoinette, it can be said that Charlotte's own bad judgement, and ignorance, were as much (if not more) to blame for her misfortunes as the ill will of her enemies.

This is an engaging account of a fascinating woman and period in time. It provides glimpses into the lives of the rest of the British Royal Family. From George's rather embittered maiden sisters, to his mad father, King George III, and his outwardly sweet, but meddling mother, the other Queen Charlotte.
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Flora Fraser
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University of California Press; Reprint edition (November 13, 1997)
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