How can a man possibly fathom what it’s like to be a woman who lost 17 children? The question has troubled me ever since I started writing about Queen Anne. But more positive voices in my head say that the work is about empathy. I’ve never been a woman, it’s true – but I’ve never been the ruler of a kingdom either. By writing about Anne, I’m just trying to understand what it might be like.
I consulted friends for moral support. Here’s what they replied:
What lovely friends I have! Encouragement, tenderness and a joke from Robert Twigger*.
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