The Important And Eventful Trial Of Queen Caroline, Consort Of George Iv.
Printed and sold by Geo. Smeeton, Saint Martin's ChurchYard, Charing Cross.
For 'adulterous intercourse,' with bartolomo bergami. in two parts.
TWO VOLUMES. 8vo, in fours. 6 x 9 inches. [Part I], 406 pp.; Part II, -922 pp. +  pp. index. In original stiff blue paper boards, with new paper spines and handwritten labels. Deckled edges. Some wear to extremities and scattered foxing, but otherwise a very good set. Illustrated by nine plates, including 2 frontispieces, one portrait and one folding, 5 portraits, one folding and one plan. and by plan of vessel in text. The trial of Caroline of Brunswick (1768-1821), Queen Consort of George IV was the cause cel?bre of its day and has a claim to be the origin of royal tabloid journalism. In contrast to the king, the Queen was immensely popular with the public. The trial took the form of a Pains and Penalties Bill, introduced into the House of Lords, where the trial took place. George IV was determined to divorce his wife and at this time a charge of adultery was one of the few grounds available to him. The prosecution brought to light many salacious details of Caroline's liaison with Baron Bartolomeo Bergami, an Italian courtier while travelling abroad. After several months the King realised that the Bill would have to be abandoned as it would never be passed by the Commons. Further scandal resulted when the Queen tried to force her way into the King's coronation, but was ejected and died son afterwards. Exceptionally detailed transcript of the trial in over nine hundred pages, the first volume covering the case for the prosecution and the second for the defence, led by Lord Brougham.
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