Thursday, January 15, 2015

"Greetings, Your Royal Highness"

Hello my dear reader,

Welcome to my blog! My name is Sarah Deas and I am a junior year History major, English minor, and self-proclaimed Anglophile at Loyola University Chicago. I am incredibly excited about the upcoming semester and the internship opportunity with which I have been presented, one that will challenge me in ways I cannot fully expect. I will be working with Dr. Bucholz, who is chair of the history department, by composing a list of officers of the British Royal Court for the Database of Court Officers (DCO). I will be specifically researching the servants of Prince George (who would later become King George II) and Princess Caroline (who would later become Queen) during the years 1714-1737. This blog will follow my research as I delve into the lesser known, or perhaps even forgotten, lives of the officers and servants who lived and worked within the royal household. 

The Royal Court oriented itself around the monarch. It was a way of social advancement as well as the epicenter of English cultural and political life. In order to grasp an understanding of the court, one must remember to look at those at the bottom of the hierarchy as well as those who managed to fight their way to the top. My goal is to not only discover names and dates but to understand some of the intricacies of court life in general. 

Bear with me as I begin to discover the characters that make up the story that was life in the Royal Court of Prince George and Princess Caroline during 1714-1737.

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