Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion
Often derided as weak-willed and insecure, Queen Anne was in fact one of Britain’s most remarkable monarchs. In many ways a stolid, conventional woman, she nevertheless presided over some of the most momentous events in British history and led a personal life riven by passion, illness and intrigue.
In 1702, fourteen years after she helped oust her father from his throne and...more
Poor Queen Anne, that’s her own ob ...more
Very glad I did, though. Anne Somerset takes us from James II's near-disastrous marriage to Anne Hyde (a commoner), the mother of Queen Mary and Queen Anne, to the Gloriou ...more
In the first part you get a feel for Anne. She is highly dependent on and l ...more
Queen Anne is one of the lesser known queens of England. When people think of English Queens Elizabeth I, Victoria, Bloody Mary, and Queen Elizabeth II spring to mind over Queen Anne. But Queen Anne deserves her due, having kept the monarchy in Protestant hands after her father converted to Catholicism, leading ...more
For the average reader this book would become a challenge for several reasons: it can be a bit dry; the political maneuvers (which I found fascinating) were exhaustively explained; and the seemingly endless cast of characters (referred to by name and titles at different times) can be hard to keep stra ...more
Queen Anne has always been massively neglected as a monarch. She was the last Stuart monarch, and by the time she ascended to the throne, knew that it would be passed out of her family. She was the last, and when her husband died, she was truly alone. She had never been educated to be monarch, was politically isolated at various times of her li ...more
As far as a biography of Anne went, I fee ...more
In fact Queen Anne actively presided over the government at a time of massive undertaking and great advancement in Britain's prestige. Her generals prevailed over Louis XI ...more
In fact, as we see in this well documented account, Queen Anne had her idiosyncrasies, increasingly apparent throughout her life. Anne Somerset painstakingly draws out for us a studied portrait of a woman of distinct character.
Stolid, at times timid and withdrawn, at others formidably strident, Anne had a good heart and a wise head on her shoulders. Usually kept well cordoned o ...more
Queen Anne was not a monarch I was familiar with. I found the book very interesting and it is impossible not to feel so very sorry for her as she had such a traumatic life. I was disgusted with her so called friends for the way they treated her. She must have been incredibly tolerant not to have executed a single one of ...more
Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion is a thorough biography of the last Stuart monarch, including many quotes from letters written by Anne and her contemporaries. I really enjoyed learning about her life, though I couldn't imagine going through some of the tragedies she endured. This was definitely an impartial look into her life. At times, I felt sorry for her for the way she was treated by her "friends," and at times, I was aghast at the way she treated those aro ...more
Despite this a huge disappointment! The people don't come alive. They still seem very 2 dimensional. I don't feel I know Anne at all, as for Sarah Churchill, she makes her comes across as a complete bitch, but she cannot have been, Sarah must have been hugely charismatic, given her passionate love from Anne - but I got absolutely no idea why/sense of it.
Only giving it 2 stars as it wasn't as awful as some of the books I have re ...more
I have long been interested in this time period and blood line. Somerset's well researched and entertaining account in Queen Anne helped me feel like I was right in her midst. I am amazed at how many historical anecdotes were in these pages. Nothing was left out, which made this a hefty, but worthwhile, read. I feel both entertained and more knowledgeable. Wonderful! I have an early copy of the book and look forward to seeing the finishe ...more