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Maria Fitzherbert: The Secret Wife of George IV

James Munson

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Biography: historical, political & military

The turbulent story of the Prince Regent's first wife

The affair of George IV and Maria Fitzherbert is notorious. A young Catholic widow became the secret wife of the heir to the throne because she had refused to become his mistress.
Munson reveals a genuine love story between the spoilt, egocentric prince and the older woman who brought peace and order to his life of restlessness and excess; resulting in a marriage that defied English law and broke all the rules of monarchy. Two themes dominate - the love of a kind-hearted woman for a charming but faithless prince, and the perilous state of the monarchy.

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Praise for Maria Fitzherbert: The Secret Wife of George IV

  • A fascinating investigation into an irregular royal marriage. - Publishing News

  • It sheds much new light on the nature of a woman whose ambition and pride almost altered the line of succession. - Sunday Telegraph

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