Welcome to our first giveaway of September!
THE PRIZE: We’re happy to have one copy of Catherine Curzon’s newest book, Life in the Georgian Court to give away today, which is only just now newly available in the United States, and which will be — I know! — appealing to many of you. As Amazon has informed me:
As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the British Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Houses rise and fall, births, marriages and scandals change the course of history and in France, Revolution stalks the land.
Peep behind the shutters of the opulent court of the doomed Bourbons, the absolutist powerhouse of Romanov Russia and the epoch-defining family whose kings gave their name to the era, the House of Hanover.
Behind the pomp and ceremony were men and women born into worlds of immense privilege, yet beneath the powdered wigs and robes of state were real people living lives of romance, tragedy, intrigue and eccentricity.
Take a journey into the private lives of very public figures and learn of arranged marriages that turned to love or hate and scandals that rocked polite society. Here the former wife of a king spends three decades in lonely captivity, Prinny makes scandalous eyes at the toast of the London stage and Marie Antoinette begins her last, terrible journey through Paris as her son sits alone in a forgotten prison cell.
Life in the Georgian Court is a privileged peek into the glamorous, tragic and iconic courts of the Georgian world, where even a king could take nothing for granted.
THE TASK: I am choosing the winner at random, but to keep it interesting, please answer the following: You are given the opportunity to live in any royal court at any time in history, in any country in the world, in any body you would like to inhabit, for two weeks. Kind of like Freaky Friday, except don’t worry — should you beam yourself into Henry VIII, his soul is not then tasked with running YOUR life for a fortnight. Where would you go and who would you be?
THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday. FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. (Prizing courtesy of the author; open to residents of the US only. Thank you!)