An 18th-century ménage à trois involving the King of Denmark inspired the recent film, A Royal Affair. Stella Tillyard considers what makes it a story for our times.
Stella Tillyard explains how she came to write multiple biographies of 18th-century families, most recently that of George III whose brothers and sisters were enmeshed in webs of intrigue, something that affected the King’s wider relations with his subjects.
Stella Tillyard asks what fame meant to individuals and the wider public of Georgian England, and considers how much this has in common with today’s celebrity culture.
John Brewer and Stella Tillyard evaluate a book both historical and fictional.