Thursday, September 21, 2006

Yup, It's Another Cover . . .



But it's a fun one, isn't it? Philip Gough is the cover artist, and this appears on a 1988 edition of Indiscretions of the Queen, a Jean Plaidy novel about George IV's wife, Caroline of Brunswick, who died only weeks after George IV was crowned. Caroline was evidently quite the character--headstrong, flamboyant, impulsive, brash, and not overly fastidious in matters of bathing. I think the cover does a good job at suggesting Caroline's idiosyncratic personality while not making Caroline look ridiculous or repulsive.

So does the book, for that matter. When we first meet her, Caroline is rather unappealing, displaying behavior that borders on obnoxiousness, but as the story develops we see her good traits, especially her courage, generosity of spirit, and lack of self-pity, and we start to root for her and to think that she deserved a far better hand than she was dealt. Plaidy does an excellent job with this rather unconventional heroine, making her a refreshing change from the often interchangeable beauties who populate so much historical fiction. I'm looking forward to tracking down The Regent's Daughter, Plaidy's novel about Caroline's daughter, Charlotte, who promises to be another off-kilter royal.

7 comments:

Carla said...

I like the cover too. It suits her character as you describe it - and certainly makes a nice change from the sex kitten covers! What happened to Charlotte? I ought to know but I can't remember.

Susan Higginbotham said...

Charlotte died young right after giving birth to a stillborn child, her first. It's been interesting reading these novels because this is a period that I'm extremely fuzzy about.

Alianore said...

Wasn't Charlotte married to Leopold, King of the Belgians, or am I just making that up? I seem to remember reading both these Plaidy novels as a teenager, but I can hardly remember them now. Maybe it's time for a re-read.

Word verif - bedfixy - what Caroline said to Prince George on their wedding night. "Time for a little bedfixy, hein?"

Carla said...

Oh, poor lady. Very typical fate, though.

Susan Higginbotham said...

Yup, she was married to Leopold.

I love "bedfixy." Sounds like something Caroline should have said.

Gata said...

There wouldn't have been a Queen Victoria if Charlotte lived - would it have changed the time period all together? We'll never know.

Susan Higginbotham said...

True! One of those fascinating things to ponder.