'What was it about George IV that made private friends, as well as political adversaries, so quick to see the weaknesses of the man and to ignore his qualities? Fortunately, this excellent biography by Christopher Hibbert provides all the clues. Mr Hibbert has a sharp eye for the clash of character and the dramatic moment, and George IV, as Regent and King, provides a cornucopia of both...Never, never a dull moment. Read it.' J. H. Plumb, Observer
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