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George IV: The Rebel Who Would be King
 
 
Author
Christopher Hibbert. Foreword by Amanda Foreman.
Publisher Palgrave  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781403983794
Pages/Publication Date 851/2007
Daedalus Item Code 31989
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The author of The Borgias and Their Enemies and The House of Medici, as well as biographies of Queen Victoria and King George III, Christopher Hibbert here delivers a superbly detailed picture of the life and times of George IV. We see his exorbitant spending on his homes, his clothes, and his women; his patronage of the arts; and his "illegal" marriage to the Catholic Mrs. Fitzherbert. Hibbert also reveals such lesser-known facts as George IV's generous charity donations and his command of the bon mot; when he met his bride-to-be Caroline of Brunswick for the first time, he quipped, "Harris, I am not well, fetch me a brandy."

"This is one of the most satisfying biographies of an English king: it is ample, convincing and well written."—Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Christopher Hibbert's George IV is at once soundly based on research in the Royal Archives at Windsor and a rollicking good read. I found it invaluable when I was researching The Unruly Queen, my life of George IV's wife, Queen Caroline."—Flora Fraser

 
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