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The Secret Wife of King George IV by Diane Haeger
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May 11, 2011

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An overly romanticized portrayal of the relationship between the catholic Maria Fitzherbert and King George VI(whom he illegally married while he was still the Prince of Wales). The author clearly has a lot of sympathy for George (who wasn't all that sympathetic) and gives him way too much credit for having a noble character - while history clearly shows us he was not so noble after all. If you want a more realistic fictionalized depiction of Mrs Fitzherbert and her relationship with the sixth George, I would recommend "The Sweet Lass from Richmond Hill" by Jean Plaidy.

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