George IV: The Rebel Who Would Be KingPaperback
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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: 427,735
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.
"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"