This is the gripping story of a truly remarkable woman who claimed in her later life to be a legitimate niece of King George III, by his brother Henry Duke of Cumberland. It is a tale of seduction and corruption, of artists and courtiers, State secrets and court-cases, 'Special Agents' and inconvenient children who were never quite certain who their parents had been. Who was Olive Wilmot? The result of four years research and based largely on letters and documents never published before, this book unravels the mysteries of her scandalous life and, in the last chapter, offers some solutions to enigmas that have intrigued historians for nearly 200 years.
After taking an honours degree at Magdalen College, Oxford, Miles Macnair spent 12 years in industry before joining a stock-broking partnership. He retired in 2000, enabling him to devote more time to writing, lecturing, golf, travel and photography. His biography of the railway pioneer William James (1771-1837) - The man who discovered George Stephenson was published by the Railway & Canal Historical Society in 2007. He also edited his mother's letters from the early months of the Spanish Civil War (Witness to War, Brewin Books 2007). He and his wife have lived all their married life in Warwickshire.