A Blackmailer at Frogmore: The Adventures of Queen Caroline's Ghost

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The story of Queen Caroline's favourite ghost-writer, the infamous Captain Thomas Ashe, who was also an adventurer and sometime blackmailer. His unpublished novel The Claustral Palace: or Memoirs of The Family carried out Caroline's threat to 'blow the roof off the Nunnery'; revealing the secret lives and loves of the daughters of King George III in their unmarried confinement at Frogmore, now the UK marital home of Harry and Meghan. A blackmailing synopsis was circulated to members of the royal family.

It was then stolen by government agents and preserved by the Treasury Solicitor. James Travers' describes for the first time, the significance of this novel, its author, and his relationship with Caroline, the estranged wife of George IV, and with the government of Spencer Perceval, whose untimely death the author predicted. The novel itself is a never before seen gothic bodice-ripper about the Royal princesses and their clandestine lovers at Frogmore, based on Caroline's own confidences gained from Princess Elisabeth.

Later encouraged by shadowy figures allied to the Irish statesman Daniel O'Connell, Captain Ashe blackmailed and threatened the life of the Duke of Cumberland and preoccupied the cabinet meetings of the Duke of Wellington.

Signed copies come with a National Archives signed bookplate and ribbon.


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Manufacturer/Publisher: Amberley
Binding: Hardback
Author: James Travers
Date Published: 2022
Pagination: 288p

SKU: 9781398106581