George IV

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Yale University Press, Aug 4, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 306 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

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Smith is formerly reader in history at the University of Reading.

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