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Charlotte and Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess | [James Chambers]

Charlotte and Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess

From the day she was born, Charlotte won the hearts of her subjects and yet behind the scenes she was used, abused and victimized by rivalries-between her parents; between her Father (the Prince Regent, later George IV) and (Mad King) George III: between her tutors, governesses and other members of her discordant household; and ultimately between the Whigs and the Tories. Her death in childbirth-the result of medical incompetence-was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir.
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From the day she was born, Charlotte won the hearts of her subjects and yet behind the scenes she was used, abused and victimized by rivalries-between her parents; between her Father (the Prince Regent, later George IV) and (Mad King) George III: between her tutors, governesses and other members of her discordant household; and ultimately between the Whigs and the Tories.

Her death in childbirth-the result of medical incompetence-was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir. Queen Victoria was the product.

This is the tragic story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, heir to the English throne, and Leopold, the first King of the Belgians.

©2009 James Chambers; (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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  • Nicholas
    TERVURENBelgium
    4/17/09
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    "Interesting and engaging but..."

    I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it. A very interesting subject presented in a very readable ('listenable'?) narrative.
    Jilly Bond's reading is generally very good but I do wish that she had dropped the exagerated characterisation of Princess Charlotte earlier in the book. Yes, Charlotte had a lisp but for the majority of the reading she was given a voice very like Violet Elizabeth of the 'Just William' stories!
    I would also have liked a couple more dates here and there. I'm sure that had I had the print version before me I would have been flicking back to check the chronology on a couple of occasions.
    Having said that, neither of these small points detract from what is a fascinating story of a queen that never was and her husband who might never have been king.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "a very good history of the times"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Charlotte and Leopold to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, as I have sight problems.but really enjoyed this audio book


    What other book might you compare Charlotte and Leopold to, and why?

    other history audio books, of which I have many. I really like this insight into what life was
    like for for people of long ago. what happened to them, and why, charlotte and leopold was a very intersesting story and one I will listen to again. in my opinion, if you like this genre its a must listen.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    everything, and her many different voices for the characters. a good all round performance


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the first people's princess


    Any additional comments?

    what else is there to say! a really enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    7/4/11
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    "A totally engaging and heart rendering story"

    I loved this book. I soon found my self totally enamoured with the young Charlotte and interested to see how her life would pan out. So much so that I don't mind saying I was in floods of tears at the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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