In this sumptuous group portrait of the six daughters of Mad King George III, acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser takes us into the heart of the British royal family during the tumultuous period of the American and French revolutions. Drawing on their extraordinary private correspondence, Fraser gives voice to these handsome, accomplished, extremely well-educated women: Princess Royal, the eldest, constantly at odds with her mother; home-loving, family-minded Augusta; plump Elizabeth, a gifted amateur artist; Mary, the bland beauty of the family; Sophia, emotional and prone to take refuge in illness; and Amelia, the most turbulent and tempestuous of all the Princesses. Never before has the historical searchlight been turned with such sympathy and acuity on George III and his family."
A rich and richly hued Regency tale. . . . Fraser is splendidly at home in the 18th century. The New York Times Book Review Remarkably intimate. . . . Full and revealing. . . . Princesses opens an invaluable new window into the often troubled private world of these royal women. Los Angeles Times Riveting and wonderfully detailed. . . . Thanks to Flora Fraser s new book, George III s daughters can step out of the shadows of history and take their rightful places with the rest of the House of Hanover. The Washington Times Memorable. . . . Compelling and poignant. . . . With elegant felicity, Fraser paints a picture out of Jane Austen. Vogue"
Flora Fraser is the author of Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton and The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline. She lives in London with her husband and three children.