The Royal Dukes and Princesses of the Family of George III, Vol. 1 of 2
Excerpt from The Royal Dukes and Princesses of the Family of George III, Vol. 1 of 2: A View of Court Life and Manners for Seventy Years, 1760-1830 The interest with which the "Life of George IV." has been received - a large edition having been exhausted within a few weeks - has induced me to enter on what is properly a supplement to that work, giving an account of his less-known brothers and sisters and other members of the family. It will be seen there is much dramatic interest in the somewhat erratic course of these personages. Though the figures of the Dukes of York, Cumberland, and Kent are familiar enough, the average reader has probably but little knowledge of the particular incidents of their lives, and but an imperfect acquaintance with other members of the Royal Family. He might, at least, be puzzled where to turn to for information on the subject. Their career will be found worthy of following up in detail, for the family was one of mark, and each member offered a distinct "character," whether for good or for evil. The story of the Duke of Sussex was romantic; that of the Duke of Kent, Her Majesty's father, was full of trouble and embarrassment, at last successfully overcome; the Duke of York's offered a "tangled yarn" of good and evil, of good sense, good heart, and indiscretion; that of the Duke of Cumberland was tempestuous and ill-omened; that of the Duke of Clarence, as he later sat upon the throne, has been omitted. All, however, had sufficient force of character to end respectably, after the embarrassments of careless lives; and all interested in the spectacle of a manly and courageous nature asserting itself in the most critical of all situations will read with pleasure, surprise, and absorbed interest the little-known account of the last moments of the Duke of York. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.