The Trial of Queen Caroline
4 journalers for this copy...
I tried to get into this, but couldn't manage it and I'm REALLY trying to get rid of some of these books that I've been carting around and haven't read, so poor Caroline is being sent away, hopefully to a better place :-) This is the story of Caroline of Brunswick, who married George IV (before he was king) - lots of scandal ensued.
Just a note - I put the bookplate carefully at the bottom of the inside cover & sideways because I didn't want to cover up the wonderful inscription - I just love things like this in books. I bought the book in a used bookshop; I have no idea whose it was, originally...but I like their Dad!
Offered in PokPok's non-fiction virtual bookbox (I've lost track of which round we're on!); claimed by Amusedbythis.
6 January 2007 - mailed
Received this book today. Thanks!
Haven't gotten around to this one, so I posted it as a RABCK and it will be moving on its journey shortly.
Journal Entry 4
post office in Chicago, Illinois -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, August 26, 2007
Released 14 yrs ago (8/26/2007 UTC) at post office in Chicago, Illinois -- Controlled Releases
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
sent to sarradee., Enjoy!
Thank you for sending me this book as a Ray it Forward, it's on my to be read soon stack (I've got a ring, and two books for review ahead of it) and then I've got someone in mind to pass it onto when I'm done.
The trial in 1820 of Queen Caroline, consort of George IV, was not only the most scandalous in which a member of the royal family has been involved, it was also one of the most important. Was the Queen guilty of a flagitious relationship with her Italian majordomo, Bartolomo Pergami? This was the question on which, day after day for close on two months, the House of Lords met to hear evidence, to listen to speeches from opposing counsel, and in the end to fail to come to any clear-cut decision. Guilty or innocent, the Queen faced an ordeal which gave rise to a degree of partisianship evoked as much by public hostility to the King as by popular support for, as it seemed to the London mob, his innocent and abused consort.
A little dry, I prefer my history with a more conversational tone, makes it easier to be drawn into the story. George was a bit of a bastard, but Caroline wasn't exactly blameless. I imagine none of this would have happened if royal marriages were based on love instead of dynasty building and power. Perhaps if they'd tried to live together instead of going their own ways the temptation and accusations wouldn't have happened.
Will be reoffering as a Ray-it-Forward, the person I was thinking of in my bookclub wasn't as interested as I thought she would be. Perhaps I scared her off. :)
Mailing to Taniazed to continue the Ray-it-Forward
Journal Entry 8
on Monday, November 19, 2007
Thanks sarradee! Received this today! Will read and ray it forward asap!