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Post by Brenna » Wed January 2nd, 2013, 5:00 pm

I need book recommendations (HF and NF preferred) regarding the George I-William IV. I finally made it through the Stuarts although I would have liked to read a bit more about Mary/William of Orange and Anne. All suggestions are welcomed!
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Post by Misfit » Wed January 2nd, 2013, 7:05 pm

There's The Glitter and the Gold by Michael Dyne. A bit HTF, but well worth it. Prinny and Maria Fitzherbert, but you get a healthy dose of George III and the rest of the family.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed January 2nd, 2013, 9:46 pm

I'm up to Edward VI in my challenge, but I'm reading only nonfiction.

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Post by Susan » Thu January 3rd, 2013, 12:25 am

Some non-fiction:

William II, Mary II and Anne
Ungrateful Daughters by Maureen Waller
William and Mary by John Van Der Kiste

Stuarts in general
The Sickly Stuarts by Frederick Holmes (about their horrible health)

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The Courtiers by Lucy Worsley (the courts of George I and George II)
Charlotte and Leopold by James Chambers (Charlotte was the only child of George IV)
The Georgian Princesses by John Van Der Kiste
A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings by Stella Tillyard
George III by Christopher Hibbert
George III's Children by John Van Der Kiste
Princesses by Flora Fraser (daughters of George III)
Maria Fitzherbert by James Munson (secret wife of George IV)
The Unruly Queen by Flora Fraser (wife of George IV)
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Post by Vanessa » Thu January 3rd, 2013, 10:12 am

I read A Humble Companion by Laurie Graham last year. I really enjoyed it. I don't know whether it's what you're looking for but here's but blurb:
Meet Nellie Welche - companion to royalty and keeper of secrets ... Nellie Welche is the daughter of a high-ranking steward in the household of Prinnie, Prince of Wales. In 1788, at the age of twelve, she's proposed as a suitably humble companion to Princess Sophia, one of George III's enormous brood of children. Nellie and Sofy become friends for life. From the first rumblings of revolution in France to the exciting, modern times of gas light and steam trains, from poor mad George to safe and steady Victoria, Nellie is the sharp-penned narrator of a changing world and the unchanging, cloistered lives of Princess Sofy and her sisters. Nellie proves to be more a hawk-eyed witness than a Humble Companion, as her memoir lifts the lid on the House of Hanover's secrets and lies.
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Post by DanielAWillis » Thu January 3rd, 2013, 4:08 pm

If you don;t mind me tooting my own horn a bit, I would recommend my book William IV, Mrs. Jordan, and the Family They Made as a good way to examine the end of the Hanoverian era.
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Post by Brenna » Thu January 3rd, 2013, 6:40 pm

Thank you for the recommendations. At least my library system is consistent-I put a hold on the Ungrateful Daughters book before Christmas now it was disappeared from the system all together; the Glitter/Gold book and then most of the Hanover Non-Fictions were not in the sytem either. *sigh*.

I was able to put a hold on The Courtiers and the Princesses by Flora Fraser. If anything else comes to mind, let me know!
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Post by Misfit » Thu January 3rd, 2013, 8:15 pm

Brenna, according to Worldcat, The Glitter and the Gold is pretty sparse in US libraries. List here, it might give you an idea if you can ILL it or not. Otherwise I'd recommend buying it. I did come across an extra copy at a FOL sale, but I've passed it along to another reading buddy.
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Post by Misfit » Fri January 4th, 2013, 12:36 am

Here's one I forgot - God Save the King by Laua Purcell. I haven't picked it up yet, but the buzz has been very positive.
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Post by Amanda » Fri January 4th, 2013, 3:18 am

I haven't read anything in that period yet...though i do intend to and have a few on my shelf, including a few mentioned here already (Courtiers by Lucy Worsley....if she writes likes she presents on TV it should be good, God Save the King on kindle).

A couple of other NF:

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery
(Haven't read it yet but this was presented as a radio series on BBC radio 4 and I enjoyed it a lot).

The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital by Dan Cruickshank. (Haven't read it yet)

My librarything catalogue also shows another HF book that I also haven't read yet!

The Abandoned Woman by Richard Condon (Caroline of Brunswick and George IV)

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