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The Trial of Queen Caroline: The Scandalous Affair that Nearly Ended a Monarchy

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Before Charles and Diana, before the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and long before the slogan "the personal is political," an astonishing British royal sex scandal threatened to trigger a revolution. Its lessons for leadership, popularity, and the impact of the absurd on history are fascinating.

In The Trial of Queen Caroline, Jane Robins tells the story of one of history's
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 7th 2006 by Free Press (first published June 5th 2006)
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Aria Ligi
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is the second biography of Queen Caroline which I have read, and by the far the best one yet. While Flora Frasier in her book, “The Unruly Queen”, does talk about Caroline's parents, and her youth before she married Prince George IV, Robbins's book is the superior tome. Her in-depth portrait of the injured Queen is such that you never have the feeling she is completely biased, nor so critical that she does not see the entire person. Instead, and this especially so in the trial itself, she u ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah.. tis nice to slip back into some quality non - fictch. I love a bit of controversial history. This time - Regency England. Really had no idea of this drama. I knew that The Regent, later George IV (son of the mad one) wasnt too fond of his wife Caroline of Brunswick and was allready secretly married to a Catholic. I wasnt aware of the Queens story though. Shunned immediately - three people in the marriage scenario, he had countless mistresses, she was dismissed to her own court in Blackheath ...more
Ellena Downes
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Jane Robins is an excellent writer. The volatility of the period taking into account what the ruling classes had seen in the rest of Europe, was expertly portrayed.
I felt very sorry for Caroline she was out of her time. She was a friendly and flirty woman who didn't want to just fade into the background. As a woman she was used and abused by men and women alike. George comes across as a spoilt child. The cheek of a man who prosecuted a wife for adultery whilst he knew very well he had n
Rose Lerner
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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A great resource on Queen Caroline's adultery trial in 1820, with loads of detail and an excellent bibliography. I had no idea the trial was such a big deal, or that it seemed so plausible to contemporaries that it might lead a revolution in England. The writing got a bit purple in places (especially towards the beginning) and the author had a strong bias in favor of Queen Caroline, but on balance those are minor flaws. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the politics of the era.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is an interesting book, specially if you like historical themes
Tiffany Cook
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the first book I have read about Queen Caroline and I always read several before I dismiss someone as not my cup of tea. However, the drama portrayed in this book is very childish, and I feel a lot of that was the authors tone, inability to keep the story in line due to his enslavement to chronological order. Some of the best biographies and books about historical periods have been slightly out of order and go back and forth a little in order to explain the point better or to illustrate ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
The subtitle for this book is 'The Scandalous Affair That Nearly Ended a Monarchy.' Believe it or not, it won't seem like hyperbole when you read the book. It's the story of the dissolute Prince, then Regent then King George IV and his wife Caroline of Brunswick. A typical royal arranged marriage--George apparently never had any intention of being a husband to anyone and made it quite clear at his first meeting with Caroline. Caroline is interestingly complex--silly, naïve and selfish, with gene ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A surprisingly good account of a period in British history that is now often forgotten, but at the time was a huge political event, threatening the downfall of the entire system of monarchy. And at the centre of it all was a woman who was eccentric, crass and unpredictable in her behaviour; whose cause nevertheless tapped into the latent restlessness and rage of the common people. A fascinating read in the context of Brexit and Trump, it shoes how quickly popular feeling can lead to massive poli ...more
Sep 18, 2007 rated it liked it
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This was the second book I read in my big read of queen-related biography. It was not nearly as good as The Queen of Fashion, but still enjoyable. I did not realize that George IV (the Prince Regent under George III) had a nasty divorce from his wife Caroline. I also did not realize how many nasty (insulting to the Prince) cartoons (lampoons) were printed at the time. There were passages that made me laugh, but the writing was not as strong as I would have hoped.
Laura Purcell
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and offers a great insight into the popular press of the times. As the title suggests, the book focuses mainly on the trial, although it does include details of Caroline's life before and after. If you're looking for something based on Caroline as a peron, try Flora Fraser's The Unruly Queen.
Becoming Queen Victoria by Kate Williams had a more interesting presentation of Queen Caroline's trial, her marriage, and the death of Princess Charlotte than this biography which was devoted to the subject.
Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Well-researched book & a good read, though sometimes it gets a little dry & bogged down in names & details. Interesting insight into King George & Caroline's relationship, law & Parliamentary procedures in England, & the revolutionary feelings of the people.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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A juicy history of a turning point in British politics - the rise of the common man, as they stood behind Queen Caroline. Certainly lots of gossip but also good insights into how the monarchy interplayed with parliament.
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R Helen
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because I really enjoyed her other book "The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath." This book, however, failed to capture my attention. I actually found it tedious to read. The greater significance of this trial, the fight for reform and for an extension of public opinion as a force in politics, and ultimately an extension of the franchise, is really lost amidst the scandalous story of Queen Caroline's behaviour and the attempt of George IV to divorce h ...more
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Jane Robins began her career as a journalist with The Economist, The Independent, and the BBC. She has made a specialty of writing historical true crime and has a particular interest in the history of forensics. She has published three books of nonfiction in the UK, Rebel Queen (Simon & Schuster, 2006), The Magnificent Spilsbury (John Murray, 2010), and The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams (John ...more
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