The surprising, deliciously dramatic, and ultimately
heartbreaking story of King George III's radical pursuit of
happiness in his private life with Queen Charlotte and their 15
In the U.S., Britain's George III, the protagonist of "A Royal
Experiment," is known as the king from whom Americans won their
independence and as "the mad king," but in Janice Hadlow's
groundbreaking and entertaining new biography, he is another
character altogether--compelling and relatable.
He was the first of Britain's three Hanoverian kings to be born
in England, the first to identify as native of the nation he ruled.
But this was far from the only difference between him and his
predecessors. Neither of the previous Georges was faithful to his
wife, nor to his mistresses. Both hated their own sons. And,
overall, their children were angry, jealous, and disaffected
schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy
narrative and also made their lives unhappy ones.
Pained by his childhood amid this cruel and feuding family,
George came to the throne aspiring to be a new kind of king--a
force for moral good. And to be that new kind of king, he had to be
a new kind of man. Against his irresistibly awful family
background--of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and
betrayal--George fervently pursued a radical domestic dream: he
would have a faithful marriage and raise loving, educated, and
The struggle of King George--along with his wife, Queen
Charlotte, and their 15 children--to pursue a passion for family
will surprise history buffs and delight a broad swath of biography
readers and royal watchers.
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