Courtiers by Lucy Worsley
Published September 20, 2011
- Author Lucy Worsley
Lucy Worsley came to my attention after her rather excellent BBC series If Walls Could Talk. She was so engaging and had a great way of sharing history in a fascinating way. After another series about the regency period, I decided to have a look at her books and was glad to see this one available as an eBook.
Covering the period of George I and George II at Kensington Palace, the book tells the tale of those surrounding the royal family, those that make up the hustle and bustle of court life. As well as looking at the twists and turns of the royal family themselves, we get to hear the unusual tales of courtiers, mistresses, feral children, architects, poets, and old wives.
From their diet to their health issues, from their marriages to their children, it’s all covered in the book and all done really well. I love the writing style, although it took me a little while to get into it. There were quite a lot of characters to get to know, but by halfway through I was curious to see what happened next in this royal soap opera.
The writing is supplemented with lots of quotes, so that we’re really hearing about these people from the horse’s mouth and it’s clear a lot of research went into putting the book together. If you’re interested in the more day to day goings on of life in court, this could be something you’d enjoy.