Sunday, February 25, 2007

Caroline, the Queen

I've been writing more than reading lately, but I haven't neglected Plaidy entirely, having recently finished Caroline, the Queen, about (you guessed) Caroline, queen to George II. This is a continuation of Queen in Waiting, reviewed in my last post.

This will be a rather cursory review, because the book's not all that fresh in my mind. It's entertaining, which is remarkable considering that no one in it, including Caroline herself, is particularly sympathetic. That's probably one of the reasons the book is amusing, actually--it's fun, in a way, to see people whom one doesn't like fall out with each other.

There's a certain amount of drollery here, particularly when George II writes to Caroline to get advice as to how to win over various potential mistresses. (He can't imagine why his wife would find this off-putting.)

I'm at a bit of a loss as to what Plaidy to read next. I've been in a thirteenth-century mood lately, so I may try to resume The Battle of the Queens, though I put it down previously and didn't have the urge to finish it. I read The Queen from Provence last year. As I recall, I found it decidedly a mixed bag, but I may give it another whirl.

1 comment:

Daphne said...

I read both The Battle of the Queens and The Queen from Provence last year and wasn't particularly impressed by either.