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George IV: The Rebel Who Would Be King

George IV: The Rebel Who Would Be King

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By (author) Christopher Hibbert, Foreword by Amanda Foreman

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 851 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 33mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 12 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403983798
  • ISBN 13: 9781403983794
  • Sales rank: 426,739

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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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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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"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, and I recommend it to anyone interested by George IV's flamboyant and outrageous personality."--Flora Fraser "This is one of the most satisfying biographies of an English king: it is ample, convincing and well written."--"The Times Literary Supplement"