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Carolina of Orange-Nassau: Ancestress of the Royal Houses of Europe

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Carolina of Orange-Nassau (1743 - 1787) was born the daughter of William IV, Prince of Orange, and Anne, Princess Royal and was thus the granddaughter of King George II. It was upon the King's orders that she was named after his wife, Caroline of Ansbach. She was the first of Anne and William's children to survive to adulthood. When her father was at last made stadtholder ...more
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Published January 25th 2019 by Chronos Books
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Lou
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carolina of Orange-Nassau is a well written and interesting historical account of the woman that became known as the Grandmother of the European Royals. At under 100 pages, it's certainly a concise read, but it is ample enough to contain the most intriguing facts about her life. As a little known Dutch royal, Carolina's biography is formed from letters and factual information that comes directly from royal archives, and although this is quite a dry book, I found myself enjoying it and learning a ...more
Emily Ross
Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley.

This is the biography of a lesser known Dutch royal, and it was really good. It read as if the author had done comprehensive research on Carolina of Orange-Nassau, even if the book itself felt a tad brief. It was a really good book.
Alyson Stone
Book: Carolina of Orange-Nassau: Ancestress of the Royal Houses of Europe
Author: Moniek Bloks
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Chronos Books, for providing me with this ARC.

So, as those of you who do read my reviews know, I have been reading a lot of Chronos Books this year. I think this is the third one I have featured since September. What I really like about their books is how easy they are to read and follow. They are not very long, but, yet, manage to tell the
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Quirkybookworm
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I want to say this author did an excellent job on researching on little known Dutch Royalty. I've heard of her from time to time when I read histories. I had no idea many of the royalties descended from her across the European County.

This book was exciting and quick to read and understand. The only problem I had was to keep the family lineage and names straight. I wish it had a royal lineage tree where I could refer to when in doubt.



I adore history one of my favorite subjects of all time.
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Melisende
I have often commented less is sometimes more when presented a biography of any individual where the information is few and far between. Well done Moniek!

Despite being a major ancestress for many of the European Royal Houses, Caroline's life was short-lived, dying aged only 43yo (1787). As a woman who ensured 16 pregnancies, seven of which resulted in children surviving to adulthood, she was quite literally worn out.

Moniek does a good job in presenting what little is known of Caroline, and
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Jenny
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this biography on Carolina of Orange-Nassau a fascinating account of her life. Being honest I knew nothing about Carolina so found Monieks book a great introduction to her life. The title states that Carolina is the ancestress of the royal houses of Europe, this is due to her children marrying well and her descendants sitting upon the royal thrones of Europe, truly making her a grandmother of Europe. For a lady with such influence on the royal lines of Europe she is a royal who is not ...more
Mandy
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little has been written about Carolina of Orange-Nassau and the author of this account of her life is to be congratulated in unearthing what exists to compile this short biography. Carolina is often referred to as the Grandmother of Europe as many of her children married into the royal families of the continent. She was regent of the Netherlands for a short time in 1765-1766 until her brothers majority and very much at the heart of the countrys politics. Much of the information known about her ...more
Camille
I don't think I knew anything about Carolina of Orange-Nassau before I read this book. I'm always looking to expand my knowledge about women in history, so I had to request "Carolina"!
I've read a lot of history books, and this one is definitely a fast, light, short, interesting read, that will be easily accessible to those who aren't used to reading history books, while remaining interesting for history lovers. I think it would make a perfect introduction to Carolina of Orange-Nassau.
It's a bit
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Joanne Tinkler (Mamajomakes)
Ive had an interest in royal history since I was a kid so any book on that subject always peaks my interest. I hadnt particularly heard of Carolina of Orange-Nassau but once I started reading this book I discovered that her mother was Anne, Princess Royal, daughter of George II and this information reeled me in.

I learnt that Carolina invited Mozart to her court when he was nine years old and that he and his sister became ill with typhoid fever whilst there. As their illness became life
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Jessica
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest and fair review!

This is a short but fantastic read, and I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in royal history. Carolina of Orange-Nassau is ancestress of 12 different royal houses in Europe, and is related to a 13th, and although she doesn't get much attention as a regent for the Dutch throne, she is a fascinating royal.

Bloks covers Carolina's life, as well as the reigning houses that she is ancestress
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Amy
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Carolina of Orange-Nassau: Ancestress of the Royal Houses of Europe to be a fascinating and short read. I liked it and am giving five stars.
Lauralee
Actually, 2.5 stars
Carolina of Orange-Nassau is whom many of todays European monarchies consider an ancestor. As important as she was, not many historians have given her a detailed study. This is the first biography in English of this important figure. Carolina of Orange-Nassau is portrayed as a devoted mother and a lover of music.

Carolina is the granddaughter of King George II and Caroline of Ansbach. Her parents were William IV, the Prince of Orange, and Anne, the Princess Royal. She married
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Susan
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Wilhelmina Carolina of Orange-Nassau was born in 1743 to William IV Prince of Orange and Anne of Hanover. When her father was made Stadtholder to the Dutch Republic, she was included in the line of succession, in the event that there were no male heirs. But as a little brother was later born, he eventually took the position of his father although Carolina did act as regent for him until he came of age.

I have to admit, probably like a lot of readers I didn't know anything about Carolina
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Marissa
Carolina of Orange-Nassau is a little known member of the Dutch royal family that played a key role in Mozart's life and is biologically responsible for a large number of royal houses in Europe through her ancestry. This was a well researched biographical account of this interesting woman. She is portrayed as a patron of the arts, a musician, a doting mother, and a supportive sister. During her life, she gave birth to fifteen children, seven of whom survived to adulthood. The effect of these ...more
Janet
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it!


Carolina of Orange-Nassau (1743 1787) was born the daughter of William IV, Prince of Orange, and Anne, Princess Royal and was thus the granddaughter of King George II. It was upon the King's orders that she was named after his wife, Caroline of Ansbach. She was the first of Anne and
...more
Pat
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carolina of Orange-Nassau. Ancestress of the royal houses of Europe by Moniek Bloks from John Hunt Publishing, Ltd. is a fascinating look at a little remembered Euporean royal who like Queen Victoria had children and grandchildren on many of Europe's thrones. Just some of the countries Carolina's ancestors reign over are Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Spain.
This well written well researched book is a winner. It introduced me to an amazing
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Joanne Tinkler (Mamajomakes)
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ive had an interest in royal history since I was a kid so any book on that subject always peaks my interest. I hadnt particularly heard of Carolina of Orange-Nassau but once I started reading this book I discovered that her mother was Anne, Princess Royal, daughter of George II and this information reeled me in.

I learnt that Carolina invited Mozart to her court when he was nine years old and that he and his sister became ill with typhoid fever whilst there. As their illness became life
...more
Lola Et La Vie
I was interested in this book because of my own Dutch heritage and because of my fascination with the history of our royal houses in general.

This is a biography of Carolina of Orange-Nassau, who ended up in the family trees of most of the current Royal Houses in Europe.  The biography is based on facts and letters written by Carolina, her brother William, her husband and others closed to her, many of which are part of the Royal archives in Holland.

This makes it quite a dry, matter-a-fact
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Gio
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate Bloks' intent of introducing Carolina of Orange-Nassau to a new generation who had never heard about her. But there's a reason why Carolina is such an obscure figure: there's just not that much to say about her. The book is a short collectios of facts gathered from her letters that barely glimpses at the life of the woman. But she never fully comes to my life. After finishing it, I still have no idea of who Carolina was or what she did, apart from bearing children whose descendants ...more
Elma Voogdt
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little book, but a good book because what do we know about Carolina of Nassau? Not too much, so even it is a small book it has enough information about ancestress of the royal houses of Europe.

The Book is an easy read, it reads like a roman. Carolina became the ancestress of the European Royal Houses, in the book the author has made a list which explains exactly who is related to Caroline. In the book we also read on the places where Carolina visited and lived. ( Most of those places and
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Francesco
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In less than one hundred pages Moniek Blok depicts the fascinating figure of Carolina of Orange-Nassau, an almost forgotten princess and ancestress of twelve Royal Houses of Europe. Carolina is not only represented as a princess and regent, but also as a devoted wife and sister, a protector of music, a lover of the opera and an accomplished musician. What I really liked about this biography is to read the letters that she wrote and received during her life, something that let us know how she ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carolina of Orange- Nassau is a quick read. The first part is about her life, which was brief. She died at the age of 43, her body worn from repititive pregnancies. The poor woman was pregnant 16 times, but only seven of her children survived to maturity. The second part of the book detailed the houses that were associated with Carolina. While interesting, the second part didn't really add that much to her story. Bloks does a nice job of introducing modern readers to a woman who provided ...more
Sarah
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very short biography of Carolina of Orange-Nassau. I've never heard of her before and after reading this, it's easy to understand why. While her descendants sit on various European thrones even today, she herself didn't really lead a remarkable life. Unfortunately, the book even points out that her mother was a much more interesting and powerful woman which I probably would have preferred reading about.

Still, it was interesting to read about the life she led, but I could definitely
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San
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book.

I'm interested in european history and can not remember reading more than a few sentences about Carolina of Orange-Nassau before.

It is well written and seems well researched, I've learned new things about her contemporaries and
and her era in the dutch republic.

She was an impressive woman.

Lauren
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley

I was initially a little turned off by the first chapter - it dove in with a rather harried pace and seemed to skim over details but as the history continued the writer found a better speed and seemed to become more comfortable with the work.
Anna
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Emily Minch
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Donna Pingry
Carolina of Orange-Nassau had never come up on my reading radar before so I just had to read it.What's that old saying? Well behaved women seldom make history? Carolina of Orange is the poster child for that. Loved by those who knew her, she was a good sister and a dutiful wife. In her short life she had many children and quite a few of them died. This noble lady is proudly listed on a great many royal genealogies, not because of any maneuvering or political plays she did but because she was ...more
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Nov 26, 2018
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