In the eighteenth century, the palace's most elegant assembly room was in fact a bloody battlefield.
This was a world of skulduggery, politicking, wigs and beauty-spots, where fans whistled open like flick-knives...Ambitious and talented people flocked to court of George II and Queen Caroline in search of power and prestige, but Kensington Palace was also a gilded cage.
Successful courtiers needed level heads and cold hearts; their secrets were never safe.
Among them, a Vice Chamberlain with many vices, a Maid of Honour with a secret marriage, a pushy painter, an alcoholic equerry, a Wild Boy, a penniless poet, a dwarf comedian, two mysterious turbaned Turks and any number of discarded royal mistresses.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/06/2011
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780571238903