Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess

Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess

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by James Chambers
     
 

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This is the story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, heir to the English throne, and Leopold, uncle of Queen Victoria and first King of the Belgians. Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of her generation, and her death in childbirth was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir. Queen Victoria was the product. Chambers brilliantly… See more details below

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This is the story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, heir to the English throne, and Leopold, uncle of Queen Victoria and first King of the Belgians. Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of her generation, and her death in childbirth was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir. Queen Victoria was the product. Chambers brilliantly demonstrates how the personal and the political collide in scheming post-Napoleonic Europe, offering a vivid and sympathetic portrait of a couple whose lives are in many ways not their own. Charlotte & Leopold is a moving and always entertaining royal biography with an alluring contemporary resonance.

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Library Journal

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.
—Elizabeth Mellett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781910400326
Publisher:
Old Street Publishing, Ltd
Publication date:
05/15/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
378,384
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

James Chambers was born in Ireland and educated at Oxford. He has written many books on British history including Palmerston: The People's Darling, The English House and The Telegraph History of the World. He has also worked extensively in TV. A former international fencer, he still commentates on The Olympic Games and World Championships for TV.

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