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Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch
 
 
Author
Kate Williams.
Publisher Ballantine/BOMC  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780345461957
Pages/Publication Date 448/2008
Daedalus Item Code 23457
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Toward the end of the 18th century, with mad King George III and the delinquent prince regent tarnishing the realm, the English pinned their hopes on the only legitimate heir to the throne, the lovely and prudent Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Prince of Wales and granddaughter of the king. In this dual biography from the author of England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, Charlotte is at last given her moment, cut short when she died tragically at 21 after a complicated pregnancy and stillbirth. While England grieved, Charlotte's power-hungry uncles plotted quickly to produce a new heir, a dubious contest won by the Duke of Kent with the birth of the future Queen Victoria. Linking Charlotte's sad fate to Victoria's majestic rule, Kate Williams reveals the passions that swirled around the throne—the court secrets, the sexual repression, and the endless intrigue—resulting in a satisfying tale of a woman whose destiny began long before she was born.

"The amazing untold story of Victoria before she was queen.... Kate Williams reveals a passionate young woman beloved of her future subjects but at war with her family."—Sunday Telegraph (London)

 
 
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