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'A Queen on Trial' comes as a timely reminder of the cyclical, repetitive nature of history. Chronicling as it does the breakdown of George IV's marriage to his loathed cousin Caroline, and his futile attempt to divorce her and deprive her of her royal rights and status, the book throws up fascinating parallels with Diana and Charles' acrimonious separation ...Much of the material makes the Squidgy tapes affair seem positively tame. DAILY MAIL The so-called 'trial' of Queen Caroline, wife of George IV, in 1820, was one of the most sensational events of the nineteenth century. Not only was a Queen Consort of Great Britain publicly accused of adultery over a period of years, and in particularly sordid circumstances, but the full details of the accusations were paraded before a crwoded House of Lords and the general public, through the newspapers and in scurrilous verses and cartoons. The 'queen's affair' produced riots and demonstrations in London and the provinces, almost stimulated a mutiny in the army, and was taken up by enthusiasm by radicals and revolutionaries anxious to discredit the monarchy and the political system. In this book, excerpts from contemporary diaries, letters
E.A.Smith, MA, Litt.D. (Cantab). F.R. Hist.S. was formerly Reader in Modern History at the University of Reading. His other publications include Lord Grey 1764-1845, The House of Lords in British Politics and Society 1815-1911 and Reform or Revolution? A Diary of Reform in England 1830-32. He died in 1998.