Book review : Carolina of Orange-Nassau

Carolina of Orange-Nassau
Ancestress of the royal houses of Europe
Auteur: Moniek Bloks
Taal: Engels
Uitgever: John Hunt Publishing

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.

About the Author
Moniek Bloks is the editor of the successful blog History of Royal Women. She lives in the Netherlands and has a background in law. Her interest in historical royal women and writing began at an early age, and she has been glad to share the stories of often little-known royal women. When she isn’t writing, she is visiting castles and palaces around Europe with her trusty camera.

A little book, but a good book because what do we know about Carolina of Nassau? Not too much, so even it is a small book it has enough information about ancestress of the royal houses of Europe.

The Book is an easy read, it reads like a roman. Carolina was the daughter of William IV, Prince of Orange and Anne of Hanover. Carolina married Charles Christian, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg. They had fifteen children but only seven survived to adulthood. When you read the book, you get to now Caroline as a strong woman, in these days we called it a power woman.

Carolina died young, she became the ancestress of the European Royal Houses, in the book the author has made a list which explains exactly who is related to Carolina. In the book we also read on the places where Carolina visited and lived. ( Most of those places and buildings can still be visited.)

Moniek Bloks has written a well explained book, with the little info she had. She definitely puts Carolina on the royal map. For those who love history and want to know more about the Dutch royal family, then I definitely recommend this book.

My thanks goes to Chronos Books for sending a review copy.

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