Carolina of Orange-Nassau
The grandmother of Europe's royal houses.
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.
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This is a good book that was difficult to put down. Being a history buff I started reading and realized I was going to have to get through the hectic days of the holidays to complete since wouldn't want to put it down. When life finally slowed down for me I read the book in one day. This in a fast and enjoyable read and I highly recommend this book to all, but especially those interested in European history. ~ Patt Wardle, NetGalley
Moniek does a good job in presenting what little is known of Caroline, and presenting a short, but detailed life of this woman. Caroline's life takes up just over half of this tome, however, that is not the end of her story. Moniek goes on to detail just how many royal houses are descended from her; and also gives us an insight into Caroline's royal residences - thank you for putting this as an appendix and not boring us with details just to fill pages when telling Caroline's story. As I said - short, concise, interesting. Recommended. ~ Melisende d'Outremer, NetGalley
This is a short but fantastic read, and I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in royal history. Carolina of Orange-Nassau is ancestress of 12 different royal houses in Europe, and is related to a 13th, and although she doesn't get much attention as a regent for the Dutch throne, she is a fascinating royal. Bloks covers Carolina's life, as well as the reigning houses that she is ancestress of, and the different palaces and castles that she would have lived in. As someone who knew nothing about her before starting this book, I loved how straightforward and brief this book is. I learned the "basics" of Carolina without being overwhelmed with detail! ~ Jessica Storoschuk, NetGalley
As an American, we are not really exposed much to royalty. However, they've always fascinated me, and Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark are personal favorites so when I saw this book, I immediately wanted to know more and it did not disappoint. It read almost like a diary with spots of history intermingled, plus paintings of Carolina with her family. Historical information on the homes she lived in and continuing information on her brother. All in all, considering how little information is likely available on Carolina, this was a fascinating, interesting, albeit, quick read, of this beloved woman. ~ Christie Sheppard , NetGalley
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
Carolina of Orange- Nassau is a quick read. The first part is about her life, which was brief. She died at the age of 43, her body worn from repititive pregnancies. The poor woman was pregnant 16 times, but only seven of her children survived to maturity. The second part of the book detailed the houses that were associated with Carolina. While interesting, the second part didn't really add that much to her story. Bloks does a nice job of introducing modern readers to a woman who provided integral ancestors for many European royal families, ~ Janilyn Kocher , NetGalley