Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Regency Snippets - Princess Amelia

Princess Amelia's sufferings shocked the Prince of Wales. He described so accurately the pain caused by the affected knee that it is possible to hazard a diagnosis of acute arthritis. The smallest touch in any part of her sofa conveys on occasions the most dreadful agonies. Apart from the local disease she had little appetite, could eat nothing without vomiting and had a 'most dreadful cough.' Laudanum had been relied on in an attempt to control the pain and cough, and as a tonic she had been given porter to drink which upset her. But soon after the Prince sent his report to the Queen she was electrified.

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