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Once again we discover that royal biographer Anne Somerset (The Affair of Poisons; Elizabeth I) has chosen her subjects well. In her latest life, she rescues little-known Queen Anne (1665-1714) from undeserved oblivion with a gripping narrative about a tragic woman who often displayed rare decisiveness. By any measure, her personal life was unfortunate: Her marriage to Prince George of Denmark was arranged by her father for purely political reasons and every one of her seventeen pregnancies ended with a miscarriage, a stillborn baby, or an early infant death. Despite all this tragedy, Anne was no shrinking violet; she helped dethrone her father and elbowed out a rival to the crown. Those acts were only the beginning of machinations that embroiled her in court battles and battlefield controversies. A first-rate biography of a monarch worth contemplating.