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Detailed Picture of a Real Queen
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2019
I admit I knew almost nothing about this time in English history so reading this was a learning experience. It was interesting to see the rise of the Whigs and Tories and to carry that through to the revolution. Also instructive to compare the partisan politics of the time to today. I also had no idea how England went from the Stuart's to the Germans.
I have to admit when I saw the movie The Favourite I was sure it has to be about a fictional queen and Lady in Waiting because I couldn't believe a Queen would let an underlying treat her the way she did in the movie. However, this book makes their relationship out about the same.
The book itself is written as a historical biography with lots of footnotes, quotes and sources. It is not written to mimic historical fiction or much of a story so if you don't enjoy the academic feel you probably won't like this. It is not a lyrical book but it is fairly easy to read. I would recommend to learn more about Anne a d the politics of the time.