Hanover

The Georgian Queens series of books are all stand-alone novels and do not need to be read in order. I am not writing them chronologically.

Some historical authors will give you breathless romance in fancy dresses and an inevitable happy ever after. Some will represent the past as a carefree place they long to return to. I am not one of those authors.

Life for the women I write about was tough, despite their royal connections. I aim to represent their trials in all their harsh reality. That’s not to say they didn’t have a share of joy too. You will experience the dizzy thrill of a masquerade ball, the pomp of a coronation ceremony – but then you will follow the characters back through the dirty streets to the real life beyond the glamour.

IQueen of Bedlam (previously known as God Save the King)

The calm order of Queen Charlotte’s court is shattered by screams. Her beloved husband, England’s King, has gone mad.

Left alone with thirteen children and a country at war, Charlotte must fight to hold her husband’s throne in a time of revolutionary fever. But it is not just the guillotine that Charlotte fears: it is the King himself.

Her six daughters are desperate to escape their palace asylum. Their only chance lies in a good marriage, but no Prince wants the daughter of a madman. They are forced to take love wherever they can find it – with devastating consequences.

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Queen Charlotte

Mistress of the Court

Orphaned and trapped in an abusive marriage, Henrietta Howard has little left to lose. She stakes everything on a new life in Hanover with its royal family, the heirs to the British throne. Henrietta’s beauty and intelligence soon win her the friendship of clever Princess Caroline and her mercurial husband Prince George. But as time passes, it becomes clear that friendship is the last thing on the hot-blooded young prince’s mind. Dare Henrietta give into his advances and anger her violent husband? Dare she refuse?

Whatever George’s shortcomings, Princess Caroline is determined to make the family a success. Yet the feud between her husband and his obstinate father threatens all she has worked for. As England erupts in Jacobite riots, her family falls apart. She vows to save the country for her children – even if it costs her pride and her marriage.

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Caroline_of_Ansbach2Queen of Tides

Maria Fitzherbert is the Prince of Wales’ one true love, but her religion puts his throne – and her life – at risk. The masses don’t want a Catholic near to the crown. Although Maria tries to prove her worth by reining in the spendthrift, party-loving Prince, she is widely condemned. A hideous act of betrayal finally forces her to decide: does she want the Prince or her self-respect?

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1784_gainsborough_fitzherbertQueen of MIsrule

Flighty Caroline arrives in England with her head full of dreams. She is to marry the first man in Europe: George, Prince of Wales. But the fairytale comes crashing down as she realises her new husband is no Prince Charming. Humiliated by his distaste for her, she struggles to survive in the gilded cage of Carlton House. The Prince will soon learn Caroline is not a woman to be put aside quietly.

Charlotte, the only daughter of this disastrous marriage, is caught in the middle of their power struggle. It won’t be long before she breaks – and shows them she has a will of her own.

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Untitled  – Princess Augusta

A child-bride, Augusta is daunted when she arrives at the Hanoverian Court. Only the love of her husband, Frederick, gives her strength, until it is cruelly snatched away. Denied her place in history, she has to face England alone. But she is determined her son, George, will grow up to be a King like no other.

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Frederick's wife Augusta

Mistress of Gold – Melusine, Duchess of Kendal

When George I banishes his wife for her illicit love affair, the space of first lady at court lies vacant. Ehrengarde Melusina knows just how to fill it, but her intimacy with the King will not be popular. In a strange country, Queen in all but name, she must make a life for herself and her daughters. With the King ageing and the heir to the throne snapping at her heels, it will soon be too late…

MelusineUntitled – Queen Adelaide

Dorothea is just an actress trying to make her way in the world, but fate steps in and puts a handsome Prince in her path. Desperately in love, she has to come to terms with the fact that society will never approve of their relationship.

Princess Adelaide is a respectable choice for the Prince’s wife, but she is well aware her only purpose is to bear a legitimate heir. She wants to help her husband and make him love her , but Dorothea has left some big shoes to fill…

AdelaideMistress of Winter – Electress Sophia

Despite the rocky fortunes of her family, Sophia has always known she was destined for greatness.  She will fight for her place in history, eclipsing all her siblings. Not for her the derogatory title of Winter Princess – she will crack through the ice to become the founder of a great dynasty.

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Untitled – Victoria, Duchess of Kent

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9 Comments on Georgian Queens

  1. Amanda Toft
    13/09/2012 at 9:30 pm (5 years ago)

    This is amazing! I am a fan of George III and his family and I have waited so long for a book like this. Because almost all the other books is about the tudors, personally i think that the hanoverians are more interesting. I think that this book will be really great! I am defeniately going to buy this book.

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    • lauradpurcell
      14/09/2012 at 6:07 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Amanda, that’s so great to hear! The Hanoverians are certainly an interesting bunch and I can’t believe they’ve been neglected by fiction for so long. The book is just going through the last stages of beautification and will be ready for you on 22nd! I do you hope you like it.

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  2. Lee
    23/09/2012 at 10:00 pm (5 years ago)

    Can you suggest any books about the Hanoverians? I’m particularly interested in Princess Sophia and how you revealed about her character from her letters. Thank you.

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    • lauradpurcell
      24/09/2012 at 6:07 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Lee, there’s lots of great books out there but my favourite remains Princesses by Flora Fraser. It has the most comprehensive information you’ll find about Sophia, including numerous extracts from her letters. Most correspondence before her adolescence has been lost, which is very sad!

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  3. Eugene
    28/09/2012 at 4:41 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Laura,

    I just made the pleasant discovery of your blog, and I hope to be visiting you more often.

    Do you ever write in 18th century prose? Also, what do you think of Samuel Richardson? Perhaps you’d be interested in checking out my comic imitation of Mr.Richardson–

    http://mrlovelace9.blogspot.com

    –Eugene

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    • lauradpurcell
      01/10/2012 at 12:17 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Eugene, sorry for the delay in replying, I’ve been at a conference all weekend. I’m so glad you like my blog :) I used to write in 18th century prose but I’ve had to change it for the demands of a modern audience. I like Richardson, I think he did so much for the English novel, although I have to admit I found Clarissa very hard to get through! Will certainly check out your blog.

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    • lauradpurcell
      18/07/2013 at 6:53 am (4 years ago)

      Your blog is beautiful Annette – I enjoy reading your reviews!

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