The First Iron Lady: A Life of Caroline of Ansbach

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The intellectual superior of her buffoonish husband George II, Caroline of Ansbach is credited with hastening the Enlightenment to Britain through her sponsorship of red-hot debates about science, religion, philosophy and the nature of the universe. In her lifetime she was compared frequently to Elizabeth I and considered by some as ‘the cleverest queen consort Britain ever had’, yet history has forgotten her.

In this talk journalist Matthew Dennison will reverse this neglect, uncovering the complexities of her multifaceted life: an 18th century woman of great political astuteness and ambition, a radical icon of female power.

Speaker: Matthew Dennison

Duration: 1 hour