Maria Fitzherbert: The Secret Wife of George IV

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The notorious love affair between the Prince of Wales, later George IV, and Maria Fitzherbert is one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of the Royal Family. It is the story of a young Catholic widow who, in 1785, became the secret wife of the heir to the throne because she had steadfastly refused to become his mistress.

James Munson's fascinating account reveals a genuine love story between the spoilt, egocentric prince and the older woman who brought peace and order to his life of restlessness and excess; resulting in a marriage that defied English law and broke all the rules of Monarchy.

Maria Smythe was born in 1756 to an old Catholic family and lived a sheltered country childhood. Two early marriages, both resulting in widowhood, gave her social standing and wealth, and at twenty-four she settled in London with an income large enough to make her an attractive prospect for any suitor. The young prince, emerging from his first scandalous love affair, fell heavily for the 'Widow Fitzherbert' - he wanted her, but she wanted marriage. He tried to force her hand by attempting suicide, but she fled to France, returning a year later to be married secretly at night by an Anglican priest sworn to silence. Inevitably, the marriage became something of an open secret.

Plunged into the centre of court and political intrigue, Maria's stormy life was led much in the public eye. Two themes dominate - the steadfast love of a kind-hearted woman for a charming but ultimately faithless prince, and the perilous state of the monarchy in this eventful and ever-popular period of history.

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The notorious love affair between George IV and Maria Fitzherbert is one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of the Royal family. It is the story of a young Catholic widow who became the secret wife of the heir to the throne because she had refused to become his mistress. This account reveals a genuine love story between the spoilt, egocentric prince and the older woman who brought peace and order to his life of restlessness and excess, resulting in a marriage that defied English law and broke all the rules of the monarchy.

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A fascinating investigation into an irregular royal marriage. ( Publishing News)

It sheds much new light on the nature of a woman whose ambition and pride almost altered the line of succession. ( Sunday Telegraph)

Munson is alive to the parallels with today's royal family - Maria Fitzherbert and Camilla Parker Bowles do, indeed, have more than a little in common. ( Mail on Sunday)

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