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In 1702, 14 years after helping to oust her father James II, Queen Anne became Britain's last Stuart monarch. Plagued by ill-health and obesity and beset by intrigue, she is often regarded as a transitional ruler. This sympathetic biography unravels the complex politics of her court and her fraught relations with the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough to reveal a woman of good sense and good intentions who overcame personal tragedy to set her kingdom on the path to greatness. American-cut pages.