The Elder Sons of George III

The Elder Sons of George III – Kings, Princes and a Grand Old Duke of York written by Catherine Curzon published by Pen & Sword Books – £19.99 – Hardback – Pages 200

For nearly 60 years, King George III reigned over a tumultuous kingdom. His health and realm were in turmoil, whilst family life held challenges of its own. From the corpulent Prinny and the Grand old Duke of York, to a King who battled the Lords and the disciplinarian Duke of Kent, this is the story of the elder sons of George III. George, Frederick, William and Edward defined an era. Every moment of their lives was captured in the full glare of the spotlight. They knew their destiny from birth but then with four young men, you’re going to get romance, scandal, rumours and corruption. The life and times in the royal household was never dull.

I thought the name of the author looked familiar, and actually looking it up as I had not long read her book, The Daughters of George III. An excellent book, very well researched that I had read and reviewed here at UKHistorianBenDavidson.co.uk Now I’m not going to say this book was more interesting or better, it’s just that as this was about men and back then women were the homemaker/lady in waiting. It’s just that men of the age have to deal with situations when in that position of power or leadership, so what they have to deal with is going to be slightly more important in the greater scheme of life. A fascinating book indeed proving why the Georgian era seems so popular at the moment, and this is good to see as we all need to read more books about the Georges, or the Georgian period. While some would prefer a longer book, I found this a great read and covered most things that occurred, split into chapters where the author concentrates on each son. The book is very clear and easy to read/follow, it has in fact made me want to read more about the subject, which in my opinion is a good thing. A very good and interesting read, I would happily recommend this book to anyone with an interest in this period of British history.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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