The bit­ter king

BBC History Magazine - - Caro -

Caro­line’s re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther-in-law, King≈Ge­orge I, de­fined her early mar­ried life. In 1717, Ge­orge I ex­pelled his son, Ge­orge Au­gus­tus, from court and he also as­sumed guardian­ship of his grand­chil­dren. Caro­line ac­com­pa­nied her hus­band dur­ing his ban­ish­ment. In do­ing so, she for­feited cus­tody of her baby son, who died weeks later, and her three daugh­ters. Nev­er­the­less, she main­tained su­per­fi­cially civil re­la­tions with Ge­orge I. Mistrust­ing her in­ten­tions and her in­tel­li­gence, the king la­belled her a ‘di­a­b­lesse’ or she- devil. Caro­line’s re­la­tion­ship with her son Fred­er­ick never re­cov­ered from the part­ing on which Ge­orge I in­sisted.

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