By Lucy Worsley
In the eighteenth century, the palace's such a lot based meeting room used to be actually a bloody battlefield. This was once a global of skulduggery, politicking, wigs and beauty-spots, the place fanatics whistled open like flick-knives.
Ambitious and proficient humans flocked to court docket of George II and Queen Caroline looking for energy and status, yet Kensington Palace was once additionally a gilded cage. winning courtiers wanted point heads and chilly hearts; their secrets and techniques have been by no means secure. between them, a Vice Chamberlain with many vices, a Maid of Honour with a mystery marriage, a pushy painter, an alcoholic equerry, a Wild Boy, a penniless poet, a dwarf comic, mysterious turbaned Turks and any variety of discarded royal mistresses.
An eye-opening portrait of a gaggle of royal servants, Courtiers additionally throws new gentle at the dramatic lifetime of George II and Queen Caroline at Kensington Palace.
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Fifty one the 2 royal families, the king’s and the prince’s, had now not shared an identical room for greater than years. This evening’s get together used to be purported to mark their legit reconciliation after a negative quarrel, yet not anything may perhaps masks the true hostility that also burned among them. The undesirable feeling had reached fever pitch, and it were many years within the development. to appreciate the roots of the resentment among father and son, we have to return many years into the prior. Notes 1. Frederick A. Pottle, Boswell’s London magazine (London, 1950), p. 148. 2. César de Saussure, A international View of britain within the Reigns of George I and George II, trans. Madame van Muyden (London, 1902), pp. 45–6. three. William Coxe, Memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole, Vol. 1 (London, 1798), p. 271. four. Ibid. ; Saussure (1902), p. forty six. five. Coxe (1798), Vol. 1, p. 271; Norman Rosenthal (Ed. ), The Misfortunate Margravine, the Early Memoirs of Wilhelmina, Margravine of Bayreuth (London, 1970), p. eighty four. 6. TNA SP 84/161, p. 595, Poley to Harley (Hanover, 28 July 1705). 7. HMC Manuscripts of the Earl of Egmont, diary of the 1st Earl of Egmont, Vol. 2, 1734–38. p. 320 (London, 1923). eight. Coxe (1798b), Vol. 1, pp. 272–3. nine. Mrs sleek to her maid in Henry Fielding, the trendy Husband, a Comedy, p. nine (Dublin, 1732). 10. Fanny Burney, Diary and Letters of Madame D’Arblay, edited via her niece (London, 1842) Vol. 2, p. 191. eleven. Jonathan fast, Letters, written by way of the overdue Jonathan quick (London, 1768) Vol. five, p. 132 (10 November 1711). 12. Ibid. , p. 181. thirteen. Robert Halsband (Ed. ), the total Letters of girl Mary Wortley Montagu (Oxford, 1965–7), Vol. 1, p. 288, woman Mary Wortley Montagu to the girl wealthy, Hanover (1 December 1716). 14. Stanhope (1774), Vol. 1, p. 183. 15. Horace Walpole, memories, written in 1788, for the entertainment of leave out Mary and pass over Agnes B***y (London, 1818 edn), p. eighty. sixteen. Ibid. 17. Colin Franklin, Lord Chesterfield, His personality and Characters (Aldershot, 1993) p. ninety six; BL upload MS 22627, f. 87v. 18. George Sherburn (Ed. ), The Correspondence of Alexander Pope (Oxford, 1956), Vol. 2, pp. 201–2, Pope to Judith Cowper (26 September 1723). 19. SRO, 941/21/2(ii), ‘A personality of woman Mary Hervey’, f. three. 20. Duchess of Marlborough to James Dalrymple, moment Earl of Stair (3 December 1737), quoted in Peter Cunningham (Ed. ), The Letters of Horace Walpole (London, 1857), Vol. 1, p. clii. 21. Stanhope (1774), Vol. 2, p. forty four. 22. Anson MS quoted in M. G. Jones, Hannah extra (Cambridge, 1952), p. 50. 23. Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, quoted in Hervey (1931), Vol. 1, p. xvii. 24. Duchess of Marlborough to James Dalrymple, moment Earl of Stair (3 December 1737), quoted in Cunningham (1857) Vol. 1, p. clii. 25. SRO 941/21/2(ii), ‘A personality of girl Mary Hervey’, f. 2. 26. SRO 941/48/1, p. 272, Mary Hervey to the Reverend Edmund Morris (5 April 1750) 27. Karl Ludwig Pöllnitz, The Memoirs of Charles Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz (the moment version, with additions) (London, 1739), Vol. 2, p. 437. 28. Louis Simond, magazine of a journey and place of dwelling in nice Britain (Edinburgh, 1815) Vol. 1, p.
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