The waspish ad­vo­cate

BBC History Magazine - - Caro -

Pos­ter­ity’s ver­sion of Caro­line as a woman of un­bri­dled am­bi­tion mar­ried to a buf­foon is largely the cre­ation of Ge­orge Au­gus­tus’s vice cham­ber­lain, John, Lord Her­vey. Her­vey’s sparkling, waspish mem­oirs paint a bravura pic­ture of Caro­line: he claims that “her power was un­ri­valled and un­bounded”. Caro­line doted on Her­vey. His court ap­point­ment, added to his priv­i­leged ac­cess to Caro­line in pri­vate and pub­lic, lends cre­dence to his view­point. But Her­vey pre­ferred rhetor­i­cal flour­ishes to strict ac­cu­racy.

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