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  • The Courtiers

  • Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace
  • De : Lucy Worsley
  • Lu par : Heather Wilds
  • Durée : 10 h et 42 min
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  • Catégories : Histoire, Europe

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    Description

    Kensington Palace is now most famous as the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, but the palace's glory days came between 1714 and 1760, during the reigns of George I and II. In the 18th century, this palace was a world of skullduggery, intrigue, politicking, etiquette, wigs, and beauty spots, where fans whistled open like switchblades and unusual people were kept as curiosities. Lucy Worsley's The Courtiers charts the trajectory of the fantastically quarrelsome Hanovers and the last great gasp of British court life.

    Structured around the paintings of courtiers and servants that line the walls of the King's Staircase of Kensington Palace - paintings you can see at the palace today - The Courtiers goes behind closed doors to meet a pushy young painter, a maid of honor with a secret marriage, a vice chamberlain with many vices, a bedchamber woman with a violent husband, two aging royal mistresses, and many more. The result is an indelible portrait of court life leading up to the famous reign of George III, and a feast for both Anglophiles and lovers of history and royalty.

    ©2010 Lucy Worsley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    "Royal life is done up royally in Heather Wilds's expert narration of Worsley's stories.... Wilds's articulation is immaculate..." ( AudioFile)

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    • Interregnum Rex
    • 03/03/2017

    Lucy worsley rocks, deserves a better narrator

    An excellent book, well up to the usual, wonderful standards of Worsley's chatty histories. The narrator left a lot to be desired, however. Her accent was strangely awkward, and I was convinced it was fake until she did an impressively bad American accent halfway through the book. Her accents, on the whole, we're comical, though her German accent was passingly okay. Next time let Worsley read her own book in that delightfully plummy voice of hers!

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    • Jill
    • 15/06/2014

    Interesting history

    The Georges are not my favorite monarchs in British history so I was unsure as to whether I would enjoy this audiobook. I am very glad that I took the chance and used my credit. The author makes the time period come alive through the lives of the men and women who peopled the Georgian courts. I listened late into the night to finish it and ended up with tears streaming down my face at the death of one of the royal family members. Well written and narrated.

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    • Teadrinker
    • 05/08/2014

    Good Social Overview

    This book is the history of an environment, rather than a traditional history focused on one person or series of events. As such it was harder to listen to (and possibly harder to write). Probably if I'd bought the book instead of listening to it, images would have grounded the story more for me - hey, Audible, why don't you start including .pdfs of the pictures with each purchase? Anyhow I enjoyed it very much even though it was complex.

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    • Dr.J.A.P.
    • 24/12/2019

    History of the Hanoverian British Court, ala TMZ

    10 hour of nothing but court gossip, who slept with whom, nasty divorces (before people could get divorced), and people using sex and intrigue to get access to the king. That said, I prefer this sort of history to the boring old fashioned battles and politics focus. The Reader is very good and is skillful at different accents.

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    • Vicki Patterson
    • 05/02/2018

    fantastic tales of courtly life

    Lucy does it again! An intriguing and enjoyable look at life at court. Lucy's books never disappoint! Highly recommended!

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    • bermudaful2
    • 16/12/2020

    I wish Lucy had read it

    The narrator did a great job and the story was fine enough but there's nothing like the energy and excitement that drags you in like when Lucy tells you a story.

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    • Splendifermoose
    • 19/10/2015

    Vivid portrait with fascinating cast of characters

    What did you like best about this story?

    This book certainly captures the good, the bad, and the ugly of court life under the early Georgian kings. Lucy Worsley has an infectious enthusiasm for the personal details of history (obvious if you've seen any of her BBC presentations) and is able to synthesize historical documents into several well-rounded and surprisingly sympathetic portraits of the aristocrats and royals of the period.

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    • Nicole
    • 24/03/2015

    Lucy Worsley Is Second To None

    After watching every documentary and history special hosted/presented by Lucy Worsley, this book was the icing on the tea cakes (do the they have icing on tea cakes?!).. I was able to hear her voice quoting George II speaking to his trops, see her modeling the whale bone hoops and tasting the wonderful plates eaten in KP. Thank you again Lucy for bringing your brand of humor and spark to the backstabbing underbelly of royal court life.

    Lucy Worsley For President!

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    • Susan
    • 06/04/2015

    Very interesting

    This is a wonderful summary of the first two Georgian courts through their courtiers painted on a mural at Kensington Palace.

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    • Lady Wesley
    • 01/11/2014

    Highly entertaining as well as informative

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    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Heather Wilds' rendition of this gossipy history-lite book. There are lots of quotations in the book, and Wilds did an excellent job with a variety of voices -- from German-accented Kings to serving maids.

    I like Lucy Worsley's breezy writing style; her research is decidedly un-breezy however. She is the real deal. But don't expect to hear much about diplomacy or wars; as the title implies, this isn't that kind of history.

    My knowledge of 18th century European history is inadequate, except as events in Europe may have affected the American colonies. Thus, I knew very little about the reigns of George I and George II. (Now I need to find a good one-volume about George III, who I know was not truly the tyrant that I was taught about.)

    Although I was familiar with French court life, I had no idea that the early Georgian court was so similarly stuffy and formal. The entire daily dressing routine just sounds ludicrous, although it was deadly important to the courtiers. Court life sounds boring and miserable for everyone involved, including even the King and Queen. There was plenty of hanky-panky, and both kings had semi-official mistresses who wielded a degree of power.

    The palaces were a far cry from what we imagine -- at times cramped, drafty, damp, and dirty. But there was also splendor, and Worsley's discussion of William Kent's work at Kensington Palace is fascinating.

    I enjoy reading historical romances set in this period, and what I learned from this book will just add to my ability to imagine this world that was so dramatically different from our own.

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