Carolina of Orange-Nassau

05/02/19 | By Sarah-Beth Watkins

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. She was the first of Anne and William's children to survive to adulthood. When her father was at last made stadtholder of all seven united provinces, Carolina was included in the line of succession, in the event she had no brothers. A brother was eventually born, but due to his weak health, she remained an important figure. Carolina married Charles Christian of Nassau-Weilburg and suffered the loss of half her children, either in childbirth or infancy. Despite this, she acted as regent for her minor brother while heavily pregnant and remained devoted to him and the Dutch republic. Her children married well and her descendants sit upon the royal thrones of Europe, truly making her a grandmother of Europe.

This is one fascinating woman who I had never heard of to read about! I cannot imagine what the losses of her children did to her psyche but she was a strong, resilient woman who went through a lot of (EXCREMENT) yet lived a fascinating life. Victoria was also known as a Grandmother of Europe and she is widely written about but Carolina is basically unknown.The book is beautifully crafted and written and at least three of my book clubs (yes, clubs, I belong to eight of them) will be reading this booklet in the new year. (I am thinking of a book about Victoria and one about Carolina so we can compare them!!) Bravo! Great job!! I only wish that the book was more than 96 pages ... yet it certainly deserves five stars!

Janet Cousineau, Netgalley

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