The marriage of George, Prince of Wales, and Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, daughter of the Duke of Brunswick, in 1795 was a disaster from its first moment. George loathed his bride and rejected her, but was unable to escape the marriage. Caroline responded in kind. Soon the couple were at war. Expelled from her estranged husband’s social and political life, Caroline developed a coterie of her own, composed of opposition politicians, writers, and scholars. Although Caroline had been systematically deprived of education, she greatly admired intellectual accomplishment. One of the new additions to her circle was the distinguished classical scholar Sir William Gell.