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Following on from the success of Brief Lives, published in 1997, and Political Lives, Stage and Screen Lives, and Literary Lives, published in 2001, Royal Lives, which will publish alongside three other titles, Musical Lives, Secret Lives, and Military Lives, will be a welcome addition to the series to anyone with an interest in the history of the British royal family.
Being born a member of the royal family is not a choice a person can make. It is not a career that can be ...
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Overview


Following on from the success of Brief Lives, published in 1997, and Political Lives, Stage and Screen Lives, and Literary Lives, published in 2001, Royal Lives, which will publish alongside three other titles, Musical Lives, Secret Lives, and Military Lives, will be a welcome addition to the series to anyone with an interest in the history of the British royal family.
Being born a member of the royal family is not a choice a person can make. It is not a career that can be decided upon and it is not something that can be done in isolation from the outside world. People have always been interested in the lives of the royals, past and present, and how they each have coped with being in the most famous family in Britain.
The entries in this collection of mini-biographies should be viewed within the historical context in which they were written. For example, the Victorian editors of the DNB took great care to ensure that what was written about the subjects would adequately reflect the status of the monarchy at that time. This fact in itself says a lot about the era in which these particular entries came from. Viewed as a whole this anthology gives an idea of just how much the role of the monarchy has changed from the days of George III to those of Elizabeth II.
The authors of the entries aren't all well known to the outside world, but more importantly they were well known to their subjects and it is this fact that provides for a fascinating and varied read.
Entries include:
John Grigg on Edward VIII
Owen Morshead on George V
G. K. S. Hamilton-Edwards on Marina, Duchess of Kent
Theo Aronson on Alice Keppel
F. E. G. Ponsonby on Francis Knollys
Michael Maclagan on Alan Lascelles
Kenneth Rose on Lady Patricia Ramsay
Sidney Lee on Queen Victoria
John Gore on Clive Wigram
Philip Ziegler on Wallis Simpson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198605300
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Prochaska teaches in the History Department at Yale University and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London University. He has written and broadcast extensively on the monarchy (see Books by the same author, below). He is also an associate editor of the New Dictionary of National Biography.

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Table of Contents

George III, King (1738-1820) 1
Charlotte Sophia, queen of George III (1744-1818) 35
Fitzherbert, Maria Anne, wife of George IV (1756-1837) 36
Jordan, Dorothea or Dorothy (1762-1816) 39
George IV, King (1762-1830) 45
Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (1763-1827) 68
William IV, King (1765-1837) 72
Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal and Queen of Wurtemberg (1766-1828) 83
Kent and Strathern, Edward Augustus, Duke of (1767-1820) 85
Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (1768-1821) 87
Augusta Sophia, Princess (1768-1840) 93
Elizabeth, Landgravine of Hesse-Hornburg (1770-1840) 94
Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771-1851) 95
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843) 101
Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge (1774-1850) 103
Taylor, Sir Herbert (1775-1839) 106
Amelia, Princess (1783-1810) 109
Lehzen, Baroness Louise (c.1784-1870) 110
Conroy, Sir John Ponsonby (1786-1854) 112
Kent, Victoria Mary Louisa, Duchess of (1786-1861) 114
Stockmar, Christian Friedrich, Baron (1787-1863) 115
Adelaide, Queen Dowager (1792-1849) 116
Charlotte Augusta, Princess (1796-1817) 118
Phipps, Sir Charles Beaumont (1801-1866) 121
Grey, Charles (1804-1870) 122
Biddulph, Sir Thomas Myddleton (1809-1878) 123
Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel, Prince Consort of England (1819-1861) 124
Victoria, Queen (1819-1901) 149
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