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George III fighting madness and the loss of the American colonies has a domestic crisis as well The 17 year old Prince of Wales fighting the puritanical decorum of his parents' court is about to begin his career of womanizing gambling and consorting with the king's political enemiesAt the Drury Lane Theatre the prince is encha The StoryThe 6th book in Plaidy's Georgian series Perdita's Prince deals with the brief affair between the actress Mary Robinson known as `Perdita' for her most famous role in The Winter's Tale and George IV then still Prince of Wales The GoodPlaidy's fluid easy to read style are on display here and there are some memorable characterizations and vignettes The BadThe storyline is pretty thin I got the impression that Plaidy had little affinity for her main character finding her a bit of a vain and self centred poseurMaybe because of this the story goes off on too many tangents one minute we're reading about Richard Brinsley Sheridan the next about Charles James Fox the next about ueen Charlotte the next well you get the picture And nobody is up to muchThe same can be said of the epilogue which covers in a very few pages the rest of Perdita's life after the end of her most famous affair It feels like a Cliff's notes summary of the action and could have been eliminated entirely Historical Accuracy There are a number of little inaccuracies for instance Banastre Tarleton didn't become a general until uite late in his relationship with Robinson and one very odd choice Plaidy has Elizabeth Armitstead serving as Perdita's personal maid through most of the book It's well attested that Armitstead started off as a courtesan was very successful at it made a fortune had a brief career as an actress and ended her life married to politician Charles James Fox Although there was a rumor to the effect that she had begun her career as a dresser either to Perdita or the actress Frances Abington by the time Perdita became the mistress of the Prince of Wales she was already well established in her own right as a high class courtesan actresspolitical hostess of a sort Plaidy's decision to have her as a sly conniving lady's maid is therefore bizarre and serves the sole purpose of adding an unnecessary and implausible secondary character to the story

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Nted by popular actress Mary Robinson in the role of Perdita in A Winter's Tale Although she is older married and a mother the Prince sets her up as his mistress Mary has had many adventures and is not averse to the attentions of the young price despite much opposition from those around themLike most royal scandals however the I've read dozens of historical fiction by Jean Plaidy This is one that I did not enjoy I'm determined to read all of them so I finished it It had way too little history and way too much about the Prince of Wales' personal relationships It was really about Perdita not 'Perdita's Prince' as the title indicates Mimi Cracra et son bateau (Les Aventures de Mimi Cracra) young price despite much opposition from those around themLike most royal scandals however the I've read dozens of historical fiction by Jean Plaidy This is one that I did not enjoy I'm determined to read all of them so I finished it It had way too little history and way too much about the Prince of Wales' personal relationships It was really about Perdita not 'Perdita's Prince' as the title indicates

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Affair doesn't last George has no notion of fidelity and soon loses interest in her but she won't let him escape without a fight The affair is used to advantage by the King's political opponents while the Prince moves on to newer flamboyant dalliances happily anticipating the unbridled indulgence his 21st birthday will permit Jean Plaidy is a little old fashionedOnce you get past this though she gives a great depiction of our history I have already downloaded the next in the series If you plan to read them all there is a box set Mimi Cracra a plein d'idées you get past this though she gives a great depiction of our history I have already downloaded the next in the series If MIMI CRACRA FAIT LA FETE you plan to read them all there is a box set


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  1. says:

    The StoryThe 6th book in Plaidy's Georgian series Perdita's Prince deals with the brief affair between the actress Mary Robinson known as `Perdita' for her most famous role in The Winter's Tale and George IV then still Prince of Wales The GoodPlaidy's fluid easy to read style are on display here and there are some memorable characterizations and vignettes The BadThe storyline is pretty thin I got the impression that Plaidy had little affinity for her main character finding her a bit of a vain and self centred poseurMaybe because of this the story goes off on too many tangents one minute we're reading about Richard Brinsley Sheridan the next about Charles James Fox the next about ueen Charlotte the next well you get the picture And nobody is up to muchThe same can be said of the epilogue which covers in a very few pages the rest of Perdita's life after the end of her most famous affair It feels like a Cliff's notes summary of the action and could have been eliminated entirely Historical Accuracy There are a number of little inaccuracies for instance Banastre Tarleton didn't become a general until uite late in his relationship with Robinson and one very odd choice Plaidy has Elizabeth Armitstead serving as Perdita's personal maid through most of the book It's well attested that Armitstead started off as a courtesan was very successful at it made a fortune had a brief career as an actress and ended her life married to politician Charles James Fox Although there was a rumor to the effect that she had begun her career as a dresser either to Perdita or the actress Frances Abington by the time Perdita became the mistress of the Prince of Wales she was already well established in her own right as a high class courtesan actresspolitical hostess of a sort Plaidy's decision to have her as a sly conniving lady's maid is therefore bizarre and serves the sole purpose of adding an unnecessary and implausible secondary character to the story


  2. says:

    I've read dozens of historical fiction by Jean Plaidy This is one that I did not enjoy I'm determined to read all of them so I finished it It had way too little history and way too much about the Prince of Wales' personal relationships It was really about Perdita not 'Perdita's Prince' as the title indicates


  3. says:

    Jean Plaidy is a little old fashionedOnce you get past this though she gives a great depiction of our history I have already downloaded the next in the series If you plan to read them all there is a box set


  4. says:

    George III fighting madness and the loss of the American colonies has a domestic crisis as well The 17 year old Prince of Wales fighting the puritanical decorum of his parents' court is about to begin his career of womanizing gambling and consorting with the king's political enemiesAt the Drury Lane Theatre the prince is enchanted by popular actress Mary Robinson in the role of Perdita in A Winter's Tale Although she is older married and a mother the Prince sets her up as his mistress Like most royal scandals however the affair doesn't last George has no notion of fidelity and soon loses interest in her but she won't let him escape without a fight The affair is used to advantage by the King's political opponents while the Prince moves on to newer flamboyant dalliancesI am not a fan of George IV and this has not altered my view of him either He is a spoilt selfish egoist who has no respect for his parents and regularly spits his dummy out I felt for ueen Charlotte who clearly continued to love her eldest son despite his contempt for her His only interest in politics was about what the opposition party could do for him in relation to removing power from his father to himself He had no political insight or intelligence in my view


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