The Secret Wife of King George IV [NOOK Book]

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Although it was illegal, secret, and against the express commands of his famously mad father, King George IV of England married twice--once for duty and once for love. While Caroline of Brunswick eventually became his lawful queen, it was the beautiful Maria Fitzherbert, recognized as his wife by the Catholic Church but not by the laws of England, who claimed his heart. In the hands of author Diane Haeger, their relationship becomes a mesmerizing love story, filled with intrigue and passion. The characters and ...
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Overview


Although it was illegal, secret, and against the express commands of his famously mad father, King George IV of England married twice--once for duty and once for love. While Caroline of Brunswick eventually became his lawful queen, it was the beautiful Maria Fitzherbert, recognized as his wife by the Catholic Church but not by the laws of England, who claimed his heart. In the hands of author Diane Haeger, their relationship becomes a mesmerizing love story, filled with intrigue and passion. The characters and drawing rooms of 18th Century England come alive to create a portrait of the age that is colorful and resonant with historical detail.


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Editorial Reviews

Kathe Robin
The Secret Wife of George IV is a beautiful love story that makes prinny a flesh-and-blood man, not just the shadow who walks through Regency romances. The era is colorfully depicted as the Regency we know and yet a time and a man we never fully understood before. This is a novel that will entrance historical readers.
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Maria Fitzherbert, the secret wife and true love of King George IV, is the protagonist of Haeger's Beyond the Glen alluring historical romance, based on the true story of the 18th-century monarch's illegal marriage. At 29 a widow of independent means, Maria is determined to live for herself. Newly arrived in London in 1784, she is flattered by the attentions of the Prince of Wales, but knowing his reputation as a womanizer, she responds only cautiously to his protestations of undying love. She is well aware that as a Catholic, she is unacceptable as the bride of an Anglican monarch. Risking his throne and his mad father's rage, George secretly marries Maria, vowing to love her forever. But their clandestine union is ill-fated. Maria is unhappy with the dishonesty and intrigue to which George must resort to preserve the monarchy--including his eventual marriage to the German princess Caroline of Brunswick. Haeger paints a lively picture of 17th-century London, carefully constructing a realistic social milieu, and detailing political intrigue, legal issues and the demands of high society. Charles Fox, Richard Sheridan and Queen Charlotte make convincing cameo appearances, but Haeger is most successful in the textured characterization of her two protagonists. She plausibly depicts George's flawed nature and his emotional war between love and royal duty, and Maria's position, rendered untenable by her religious code. Mar. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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"A rollicking retelling of one of the great forgotten romances of history...Fine popular entertainment." —Margaret George, author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra

"A beautiful love story. The era is colorfully depicted. This is a novel that will entrance historical readers (especially fans of Jean Plaidy) and delight Regency fans."—Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312273743
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2000
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 342,137
  • File size: 412 KB

Meet the Author


Diane Haeger is the author of The Courtesan, published by Pocket, and a number of contemporary romances for HarperCollins. Diane lives in Newport Beach, California.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent historical fiction

    In 1784 London, the Prince of Wales is attracted to the newly arrived widow, Maria Fitzherbert. Though he declares his undying love for Maria, she refuses to believe the notorious philanderer. Additionally, Maria knows that as a Catholic, she is unacceptable by the Anglican Church as a wife of the next king. <P>George vows his love and secretly marries Maria. However, duty to the sate comes first for the regent and he openly weds Princess Caroline. Though Maria remains his only love, George worries he might lose her due to her unhappiness over hiding their relationship, which the Catholic Church would recognize as the binding one. <P>THE SECRET WIFE OF KING GEORGE IV is an excellent historical fiction that provides an in depth account of the loving but clandestine relationship between Maria and George IV. The story line is filled with intrigue and real personage that make the late eighteenth century seem vividly alive, a feat few writers can do well. George's conflict between love of country and love for a woman is well written and turns the Regent into a flesh and blood person, not the caricature typically seen in his cameo appearances in Regency novels. With her wealth of detail cleverly interwoven into a fabulous plot, Diane Haeger has written a triumphant tale that will provide much delight to fans of historical fiction and Regency romance. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    A bit disappointing

    Thiis book reads a bit too much like a romance novel for my taste. I expected straight history as I'm not a big fan of historical fiction. Still quite an entertaining read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2000

    Thankfully Not a Secret Anymore

    Let me just start out by saying that I hate romance novels. With that in mind, I thought that this book would just provide me some insight as to an affair thought of as scandlous. However, Haeger does a brilliant job of not only crafting a descriptive novel that entices the reader but she also captures the love between Goerge IV and Maria. Their love was denied and created grand amounts of gossip but Haeger masterfully makes sure their true love didn't just die with them.

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