Nightingale, Joseph: Memoirs of the Public and Private Life of Queen Caroline.

Nightingale, Joseph - Memoirs of the Public and Private Life of Queen Caroline. Folio Society, 1979, 2nd impression.

The Prince Regent's marriage to Caroline of Brunswick was a disaster from the outset. It brought together in holy deadlock two unstable people who took an instant dislike to each other. Within a year, 'Prinny' had banished his graceless consort from his bed, his presence and her child, leaving her to a solitary and monastic future. Before very long, the Prime Minister had to chair a 'Delicate Investigation' into her morals to dispel the ugly rumours: she survived this and withdrew abroad. There she was reported 'growing fat and red', and keeping dubious company - notably that of an Italian adventurer called Pergami. However, on the death of George III, she returned to a tumultuous, popular welcome (being unprepared to give up her constitutional rights as lightly as her marital ones). A hasty attempt to divorce her for adultery produced one of the most farcical trials on record. Brougham demolished the prosecution, and the procedure was thrown out for fear of revolution. Nightingale's incisive reporting of the trial, its background and its repercussions makes fascinating reading and, for all his partisan support of Caroline, he bears out Max Beerbohm's wry comment that 'Fate wrote her a most tremendous tragedy, and she played it in tights.' (Folio Society).

9" x 5¾", 364pp plus 12 plates, orange-brown buckram, front and spine blocked in gold with a design, black blocked spine panel, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated with contemporary portraits and prints in monochrome.

Slightly sunned spine; glue remnants of 1" x 3" bookplate? on front-free endpaper; otherwise fine; complete with very good slip-case.


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