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Stacy SchiffSo accustomed are we to thinking of ourselves as the righteous, renegade children of King George III that it comes as something of a surprise to discover that the tyrant abroad was all tenderness and attention at home. By nature he preferred domestic life to the splendor and formality of court. Conveniently, Queen Charlotte was a woman of faultless fertility, producing three heirs to the throne in four years of marriage. Six daughters followed, on whom the couple doted but whom history has forgotten. In her latest book Flora Fraser gives them their due; the effect is of Gainsborough's gleaming portraits come to life. Princesses is a rich and richly hued Regency tale, if by no stretch a romance.
— The New York Times