Queen Anne: A Biography by Anne Somerset

By Anne Somerset

Queen Anne used to be one in every of Britain's so much amazing monarchs. With a private existence riven through ardour, disease and intrigue - she presided over probably the most momentous occasions in British background. Like books by way of Antonia Fraser or Amanda Foreman and according to years of unique examine, Queen Anne is historic biography at its top. WINNER OF 2013 ELIZABETH LONGFORD PRIZE FOR ancient BIOGRAPHY In 1702, fourteen years after she helped oust her father from his throne and disadvantaged her infant half-brother of his birthright, Queen Anne inherited the crowns of britain and Scotland. Childless, regardless of seventeen pregnancies that had both resulted in failure or produced heartrendingly short-lived offspring, in a few respects she was once a pitiable determine. yet opposed to all expectation she proved Britain's so much winning Stuart ruler. Her reign was once marked via many triumphs, together with union with Scotland and excellent victories in battle opposed to France. but whereas her nice common, the Duke of Marlborough, used to be appearing feats of army genius, Anne's dating together with his outspoken spouse Sarah used to be turning into ever extra rancorous. Political ameliorations partially defined why the Queen's past adoration for Sarah remodeled to loathing, however the ultimate rupture was once caused through Sarah's startling declare that it was once the Queen's lesbian infatuation with one other lady-in-waiting, Abigail Masham, that had destroyed their friendship. Drawing largely on unpublished assets, Anne Somerset vividly depicts the clashes of character and occasion rivalries that aroused such powerful emotions on the time. commonly depicted as a susceptible ruler ruled through woman favourites and haunted by way of regret at having deposed her father, Queen Anne emerges as a lady whose unshakeable dedication to responsibility enabled her to beat deepest tragedy and painful disabilities, surroundings her country at the route to greatness.

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Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK/The Bridgeman Art Library) Prince George of Denmark on horseback, 1704. By Michael Dahl. (Royal Collection © 2011) Princess Anne of Denmark with the Duke of Gloucester, c. 1694. After Kneller (© The National Portrait Gallery, London) Queen Mary II. After Willem Wissing. (© The National Portrait Gallery, London) William, the Duke of Gloucester, with his friend, Benjamin Bathurst. After Thomas Murray © The National Portrait Gallery, London) Queen Anne, 1703. By Edmund Lilly.

It is one of many ways in which he is greatly missed. Contents Cover Title Page Other Books by Anne Somerset Dedication The House of Stuart List of Illustrations Author’s Note 1 But a Daughter 2 Religion Before Her Father 3 Sure Never Anybody Was Used So 4 We Are Now in a New World 5 These Fatal Distinctions of Whig and Tory 6 The Weight and Charge of a Kingdom 7 Nothing But Uneasiness 8 Entire and Perfect Union 9 Guided by Other Hands 10 Passions Between Women 11 Making the Breach Wider 12 The Heat and Ferment that is in This Poor Nation 13 I Do Not Like War 14 The Great Work of Peace 15 The Last Troublesome Scene of Contention 16 Not Equal to the Weight of a Crown?

Accordingly, Lady Frances Villiers was sent with her husband to escort Anne to England. 30 Following her return to England on 23 July 1670, Anne was judged ‘very much improved both in her constitution and personal accomplishments’. For a time she ‘appeared to acquire a healthful constitution of body’, but she did suffer occasional relapses, and in 1677 was reported to be ‘ill of her eyes again’. Her vision remained defective and as an adult she would try to remedy it by consulting oculists such as William Read, an itinerant tailor who recommended drinking beer in the morning to hydrate the brain, and who concocted an eyewash of sulphur, turpentine, vivum, and honey of roses.

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