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For nearly 60 years, King George III reigned over a tumultuous kingdom. His health and realm were in turmoil, while family life held challenges of its own. From the corpulent Prinny and the Grand Old Duke of York, to a king who battled the Lords and the disciplinarian Duke of Kent, this is the story of the elder sons of George III. Born over the course of half a decade of u For nearly 60 years, King George III reigned over a tumultuous kingdom. His health and realm were in turmoil, while family life held challenges of its own. From the corpulent Prinny and the Grand Old Duke of York, to a king who battled the Lords and the disciplinarian Duke of Kent, this is the story of the elder sons of George III. Born over the course of half a decade of upheaval, George, Frederick, William, and Edward defined an era. Their scandals intrigued the nation and their efforts to build lives away from the shadow of their impossibly pious parents led them down diverse paths. Whether devoting their lives to the military or to pleasure, every moment was captured in the full glare of the spotlight. The sons of George III were prepared from infancy to take their place on the world's stage, but as the king's health failed and the country lurched from one drama to the next, they found that duty was easier said than done. With scandalous romances, illegal marriages, rumors of corruption and even the odd kidnapping plot, their lives were as breathless as they were dramatic. In The Elder Sons of George III: Kings, Princes, and a Grand Old Duke, travel from Great Britain to America and on to Hanover in the company of princes who were sometimes scandalous, sometimes sensational, but never, ever dull.


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For nearly 60 years, King George III reigned over a tumultuous kingdom. His health and realm were in turmoil, while family life held challenges of its own. From the corpulent Prinny and the Grand Old Duke of York, to a king who battled the Lords and the disciplinarian Duke of Kent, this is the story of the elder sons of George III. Born over the course of half a decade of u For nearly 60 years, King George III reigned over a tumultuous kingdom. His health and realm were in turmoil, while family life held challenges of its own. From the corpulent Prinny and the Grand Old Duke of York, to a king who battled the Lords and the disciplinarian Duke of Kent, this is the story of the elder sons of George III. Born over the course of half a decade of upheaval, George, Frederick, William, and Edward defined an era. Their scandals intrigued the nation and their efforts to build lives away from the shadow of their impossibly pious parents led them down diverse paths. Whether devoting their lives to the military or to pleasure, every moment was captured in the full glare of the spotlight. The sons of George III were prepared from infancy to take their place on the world's stage, but as the king's health failed and the country lurched from one drama to the next, they found that duty was easier said than done. With scandalous romances, illegal marriages, rumors of corruption and even the odd kidnapping plot, their lives were as breathless as they were dramatic. In The Elder Sons of George III: Kings, Princes, and a Grand Old Duke, travel from Great Britain to America and on to Hanover in the company of princes who were sometimes scandalous, sometimes sensational, but never, ever dull.

29 review for The Elder Sons of George III: Kings, Princes, and a Grand Old Duke

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vonda

    A wonderful historical fiction of King George III's four oldest sons -- George, Frederick, William, and Edward. It told about each one's lives which were incredibly fascinating. It was an easy educational read and quick read. Fantastic for beginning monarchy reading. A wonderful historical fiction of King George III's four oldest sons -- George, Frederick, William, and Edward. It told about each one's lives which were incredibly fascinating. It was an easy educational read and quick read. Fantastic for beginning monarchy reading.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Caidyn (he/him/his)

    I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! As the author's other book about George III's daughters, this was a very readable and approachable book. It wasn't too dense to get through and gives a brief overview of George III's four eldest sons -- George, Frederick, William, and Edward. They had many similarities throughout their lives and it was interesting reading about each of them in turn since they did lead very intriguing lives. Just an overall good read that is app I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! As the author's other book about George III's daughters, this was a very readable and approachable book. It wasn't too dense to get through and gives a brief overview of George III's four eldest sons -- George, Frederick, William, and Edward. They had many similarities throughout their lives and it was interesting reading about each of them in turn since they did lead very intriguing lives. Just an overall good read that is approachable for a novice in this era and someone who has read a lot about it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trick Wiley

    The Elder Sons Of George III, King,Princes and a Grand Old Duke... if you enjoy historical fiction, Catherine Curzon, she never disappoints in her books,her writing,the way she has with her words to make such a exciting story of this incredible time in English history!! Who is this Grand Old Duke? You will find out... Follow King George's time ruling over England,the scandels, the politics and the effects this family had not only in England but around the world in the 18th Century.. You begin to The Elder Sons Of George III, King,Princes and a Grand Old Duke... if you enjoy historical fiction, Catherine Curzon, she never disappoints in her books,her writing,the way she has with her words to make such a exciting story of this incredible time in English history!! Who is this Grand Old Duke? You will find out... Follow King George's time ruling over England,the scandels, the politics and the effects this family had not only in England but around the world in the 18th Century.. You begin to find out the different personalities of these sons--brothers and how the English survived this kind of rule over a course of 60 years,I think it was and how their behaviour affected English history. Who would make The best ruler next out of these brothers if their father ever died??The other characters who helped shape English history besides the sons, you will become to see who, what and where of how they all help created these time in history and the scandals, loves,hates, loyalty and decisions and why they were made.. George III and Queen Charlotte children,total 15 that lived.. When you do finish this fantastic story you will have much more insight into the family and shake your head at how they could actually get away with things and the people that these sons hurt,destroyed or tried to destroy not only the people in these brothers lives but their selves in the process.. I have read all of Miss Catherine's stories except for the daughters,sisters of this family,it's a must on my list!! This book takes you to another century another land and you travel the world where you actually feel as you are living in this time with all of these characters..you will also know who your friend is who is your enemy and become apart of this dysfunctional family and you will either love or not these brothers but understand more and it puts a whole new meaning or not on "Brotherery love"!! Received from Net Gallery and you I promise, not be disappointed in this amazing story of who King George III's sons were and had become as brothers...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dieter Moitzi

    Note: This book was provided at not cost by NetGalley, where this review has been posted. Although I’ve just recently studied the history of the UK up to and stopping with Victoria via the excellent series by Peter Ackroyd, I cannot say I knew the period and royal personnel described in this book exceedingly well. Therefore, I was quite excited to be granted a free copy—for a non-historian, reading history books is always about learning new things, after all. I wasn’t disappointed by the trip, ei Note: This book was provided at not cost by NetGalley, where this review has been posted. Although I’ve just recently studied the history of the UK up to and stopping with Victoria via the excellent series by Peter Ackroyd, I cannot say I knew the period and royal personnel described in this book exceedingly well. Therefore, I was quite excited to be granted a free copy—for a non-historian, reading history books is always about learning new things, after all. I wasn’t disappointed by the trip, either. Catherine Curzon’s writing style is light, informative, and entertaining. She paints the different persons and the times in vivid colours, often with a little wink shining through the turns of her phrases, always sympathetic, even when talking about some less savoury characters. I’ve learned a lot of historical facts about George III and his wife Charlotte as well as their four eldest sons George (future King George IV), Frederick (the Grand Old Duke), William (future King William IV), and Edward. Very interesting indeed, the biographies are woven together to form a coherent narrative, sprinkled with anecdotes and character studies. The style is never pedantic, and the author always tries to remain non-judgmental, never really taking sides. A book I can recommend without a moment’s hesitation for those interested in that tumultuous period (Independence of the USA, French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, etc.).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Having found the author’s prior book about George III’s daughter’s enlightening, if a bit mundane, I enjoyed this look at the elder sons, especially since they were the ones who most closely shaped the succession and the rush to secure brides on the brothers’ part in order to sire the potential heir following George’s daughter Charlotte’s death is well known. Curzon perfectly strikes that balance between providi I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Having found the author’s prior book about George III’s daughter’s enlightening, if a bit mundane, I enjoyed this look at the elder sons, especially since they were the ones who most closely shaped the succession and the rush to secure brides on the brothers’ part in order to sire the potential heir following George’s daughter Charlotte’s death is well known. Curzon perfectly strikes that balance between providing a good overview for those new to the topic and also providing insights for those who are more educated on the subject, so regardless of if you’re a historian or a hobbyist, there’s something worth cleaning from this text.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne Morgan

    This was a good, well-researched book focusing on the first four of George III's sons. Less attention is paid to George IV ("Prinny"), since the author points out there are so many books about him out already. But Curzon still provides plenty of information to introduce a novice reader to George, as well as the others. She never assumes the reader knows about anyone ahead of time and gives a decent overview of all four men's lives. A good book to introduce readers to the time and the princes. I r This was a good, well-researched book focusing on the first four of George III's sons. Less attention is paid to George IV ("Prinny"), since the author points out there are so many books about him out already. But Curzon still provides plenty of information to introduce a novice reader to George, as well as the others. She never assumes the reader knows about anyone ahead of time and gives a decent overview of all four men's lives. A good book to introduce readers to the time and the princes. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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