Description - George IV (Penguin Monarchs) by Stella Tillyard
A racy short biography of one of Britain's most trend-setting monarchs - the Prince Regent, who eventually became George IV.
The quest of his life as Prince of Wales was to find something to do that gave his life a purpose while he waited for his father to die.
George IV spent most of his life waiting to become king, first a pleasure-loving and rebellious Prince of Wales during the sixty-year reign of his father, George III, and for ten years as Prince Regent, when his father went mad. 'The days are very long when you have nothing to do' he once wrote plaintively, but he did his best to fill them with pleasure - women, art, food, wine, fashion, architecture. He presided over the creation of the Regency style, which came to epitomise the era and was, with Charles I, the most artistically literate of all our kings. Stella Tillyard has not written a judgemental book, but a very human one, about this most colourful of all British kings.
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(186mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Author Biography - Stella Tillyard
Stella Tillyard is one of Britain's best-selling historians, notably Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox 1740 - 1832, winner of the History Today Prize and the Fawcett Prize, which became a BBC/WGBH series, A Royal Affair: George III and His Troublesome Siblings, Citizen Lord: Edward Fitzgerald, 1763-98, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, and a novel, Tides of War. She lives in London and Florence.
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