Well-Illustrated Account of One of the Most Sensational Divorce Trials in English History [Trial]. Caroline of Brunswick [1768-1821], Defendant. The Trial at Large of Her Majesty, Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain; In the House of Lords, On Charges of Adulterous Intercourse; Containing a Full and Accurate Detail of the Evidence of the Witnesses, The Speeches of Counsel, And all Other Proceedings in this Extraordinary Trial. The Examination of the Witnesses, And the Documentary Testimony, Printed Verbatim from the Authenticated Journals of the House of Peers, The Whole Illustrated by Explanatory Notes. And Embellished with Faithful and Highly-Finished Portraits, &c. London: Printed by T. Kelly, 1821. Two volumes. [ii], xviii, , 664; [iv], 719 pp. Title pages preceded by engraved title pages. Volume I has frontispiece portrait of Caroline of Brunswick. 24 (of 25) engraved or lithographed plates in text. Octavo (8" x 5"). Later quarter morocco over marbled boards, lettering pieces to spines. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, which are lightly bumped, light scuffing to spines, hinges cracked. Moderate toning to text, occasional dampspotting, faint dampstaining to a few leaves in each volume. $450. * Only edition. The repudiation of Queen Caroline by King George IV was one of the most sensational events in English history. Estranged soon after their marriage, Caroline was eventually banished to Europe after the birth of their daughter, Princess Charlotte Augusta. In 1820 her husband's accession to the throne brought her back to Britain. The King asked his ministers to get rid of her. After she refused a monetary offer to ask for a divorce, the Earl of Liverpool introduced The Pains and Penalties Bill to the House of Lords in July 1820 in order to strip Caroline of her title and dissolve her marriage. (The bill alleged that Caroline had an affair with a servant, Bartolomeo Bergami, while in Italy.) The bill was approved by the House of Lords, but it was not submitted to the House of Commons, where it would have been defeated. Despite the King's best attempts, Caroline remained a popular favorite. Indeed, her popularity increased during the trial. Although she prevailed, she fell ill and died shortly after the coronation of George IV. The trial inspired numerous book.
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