Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency

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Grove Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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The Prince of Pleasure is the immaculately researched and engaging story of George IV (1762-1830), a rakish and contradictory figure who became one of the most controversial and outrageous monarchs in British history. Critically acclaimed biographer Saul David has captured the passions and foibles of this monarch -- infamous for being over-weight, overdressed, and oversexed -- who epitomized England's regency period.

George IV was marked throughout his life by financial ruin and domestic entanglements. Though known primarily for his scandalous lifestyle, he was also a man of high intelligence with a great appreciation for art and literature. In addition to encouraging the works of both Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott, as well as purchasing the Elgin Marbles, he promoted England's Regency style of architecture. In fast-moving and incisive prose, Saul David paints a brilliantly detailed portrait of the Regency period.

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interesting to find out about Queen Victoria's family...George IV had enormous amount of brothers and sisters, it is hard to believe that Victoria became Queen by default because they did not have children. at times too much detail about Whigs and Tories but overall a wonderful book Read full review

Review: Prince of Pleasure: George IV and the Making of the Regency

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interesting to find out about Queen Victoria's family...George IV had enormous amount of brothers and sisters, it is hard to believe that Victoria became Queen by default because they did not have children. at times too much detail about Whigs and Tories but overall a wonderful book Read full review

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Saul David is a bestselling novelist, television presenter, and one of the leading military historians today. His major history of the British soldier is due in February 2012. He has just finished filming a three-part series for BBC4 on the history of military logistics called "Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How Wars are Really Won". He has also written on the Indian Mutiny, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and Victoria s Wars. He teaches at Buckingham University.

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