Books: Forgotten Queen

CAROLINE OF ANSBACH—R. L. Arkell—Oxford University Press ($4.25).

For most people who know their English history, Queen Caroline means the unhappy spouse of George IV. But George II's Caroline of Ansbach was, between Elizabeth and Victoria, England's ablest queen. Last fortnight her almost forgotten career was brought to light again by an English matron, in a biography that is a deft combination of scholarship and good storytelling.

As a fair-haired, fine-featured young Princess of Wales during George I's reign, Caroline was the first Hanoverian to become popular in England. She quickly realized what her...

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