George IV

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Yale University Press, Aug 4, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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This biography of George IV, king of England from 1820 to 1830, gives a full and objective reassessment of the monarch’s character, reputation, and achievement. Previous writers have tended to accept the unfavorable verdicts of the king’s contemporaries that he was a dissolute, pleasure-loving dilettante and a feeble and ineffective ruler who was responsible for the decline of the power and reputation of the monarchy in the early nineteenth century. Now E.A. Smith offers a new view of George IV, one that does not minimize the king’s faults but focuses on the positive qualities of his achievement in politics and in the patronage of the arts.
  

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This is a very readable account of the life of George IV, a controversial monarch. Living when he did, he figures prominently in the politics and affairs of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars. His ... Read full review

Contents

A Prince and his Education
1
The Pursuit of Pleasure
13
A Palace for a Prince
25
Maria Fitzherbert
33
Hopes Disappointed
48
Clouds of War
60
Caroline
70
A Political Prince
82
Crowned without a Queen
179
King of Three Dominions
192
The Kings Servants
205
The Invisible
216
Constitutional Monarch
226
The Royal Builder
241
Patron and Collector
253
The King in Seclusion
266

The Royal Malady Again
96
Changing Allegiances
105
Brothers and Sisters
121
Prince Regent
132
A Glorious Victory
146
Rebellious Daughter
155
Seditious Subjects and Turbulent Wife
167
Conclusion I Father and Son
277
II The Most Accomplished Man
284
GEORGE IVS CHILDREN
289
BIBLIOGRAPHY
293
INDEX
301
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Smith is formerly reader in history at the University of Reading.

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