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Book Thoughts: Carolina of Orange-Nassau (Moniek Bloks)

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Title: Carolina of Orange-Nassau: Ancestress of the Royal Houses of Europe
Author: Moniek Bloks
Genre: Non-Fiction / History / Biography  Pages: 96
First published: to be published 25 January 2019 by Chronos Books
Edition: e-book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

Carolina of Orange-Nassau (1743 – 1787) was born the daughter of William IV, Prince of Orange, and Anne, Princess Royal and was thus the granddaughter of King George II. It was upon the King’s orders that she was named after his wife, Caroline of Ansbach.

I was interested in this book because of my own Dutch heritage and because of my fascination with the history of our royal houses in general.

This is a biography of Carolina of Orange-Nassau, who ended up in the family trees of most of the current Royal Houses in Europe.  The biography is based on facts and letters written by Carolina, her brother William, her husband and others closed to her, many of which are part of the Royal archives in Holland.

This makes it quite a dry, matter-a-fact biography, but it unfolded a bit of history I knew very little about and did that quite well.

Just the fact that she survived sixteen (!) pregnancies make her a remarkable woman and it is a shame that she has kind of been forgotten. I am glad to have read about this strong Dutch woman, who carried the blood of kings and whose lineage endures today.

I found it hard to rate this book. It is only a short biography, but I did find it very informative without unnecessary filler.

5 out of 7 stars

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