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Granddaughter of King George III and daughter of the dissolute Prince Regent (later George IV), Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales was the only popular member of the British royal family in 1817. Her death in childbed after the birth of a stillborn son plunged the country into unprecedented mourning. Sir Richard Croft, the fashionable accoucheurwhose incompetence as an obstetrician led to the princess's death, killed himself three months later. Prince Leopold, her husband of little more than a year, never fully recovered from the loss. His final utterance at the end of his life 50 years later was her name. Oxford-educated author Chambers (The Devil's Horsemen) has written a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining biography of a little-known (to Americans) royal princess. Her short life provides a compelling glimpse into the Regency world. Recommended for public libraries where biographies of royalty and historical figures-not to mention Jane Austen and Regency romances!-are popular.