George IV

George IV : The Rebel Who Would Be King

By (author) Christopher Hibbert , Foreword by Amanda Foreman

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Hibbert delivers a superbly detailed picture of the life and times of George IV including his exorbitant spending on his homes, his clothes, and his women; his patronage of the arts; his "illegal" marriage to Catholic Mrs Fitzherbert, and lesser known facts such as his generous charity donations and his witty one-liners, including one he uttered when he met his bride-to-be (Caroline of Brunswick) for the first time: "Harris, I am not well, fetch me a brandy." George IV was the son of George III (who went insane and inspired "The Madness of King George") and was the founder of the prestigious King's College in London.

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  • Paperback | 851 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.7 x 33mm | 589.67g
  • 12 Jun 2007
  • Palgrave USA
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Gordonsville
  • English
  • 1403983798
  • 9781403983794
  • 480,851

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CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT, "a pearl of biographers" ("New Statesman), " is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of "Disraeli " (Palgrave Macmillan), "The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, ""The English: A Social History, "and "Cavaliers and Roundheads." He lives in Oxfordshire, England.

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

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