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Prince of Pleasure
By Saul David

Prince of Pleasure

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Prince of Pleasure by Saul David

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Described by the Duke of Wellington as 'the most extraordinary compound of talent, wit, buffoonery, obstinacy and good feeling that I ever saw in one character in my life', George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, later George IV, was a highly controversial figure. He courted both Whigs and Tories in his attempts to establish the Regency during the 'madness' of his father, George III. Scandalous liaisons with prostitutes and duchesses, and his 'secret' marriage to the Catholic Mrs Fitzherbert, tested his duty - to nation and to family. Yet his support for overseas campaigns against Napoleon, culminating in such historic victories as Trafalgar and Waterloo, consolidated Britain's status as the pre-eminent world power amid the great social and economic upheavals of the Industrial Revolution. Drawing on a wealth of original accounts of life in Georgian Britain, Saul David has created a masterly portrait - of a flamboyant, opportunistic and influential figure, and of a nation in a time of great change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349110875
ISBN-10: 0349110875
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 7-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Potentially, George IV should have been the best of kings. Handsome, gallant and with a more discriminating taste in the arts than any British monarch, he was unfortunatley cursed with an insatiable sexual libido, a taste for liquor and food which was almost as insatiable, and a basic vulgarity which in the end devalued his character. In the fullest and best available biography, David tells the story in all its horror - the gradual disintegration of a personality, with the surrounding paraphernalia of his failed marriage, his fights with his father, his womanizing and melodramatic posturing. A wonderfully detailed and masterly account of a tragic life. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Saul David

Saul David was born near Monmouth in 1966 and educated at Ampleforth and Edinburgh University.

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