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Prinny and his pals : Goerge IV and his remarkable gift of friendship /
Tom Ambrose.
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London : Peter Owen, 2009.
description
224 p., [16] p. of plates ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0720613264 (Paper), 9780720613261 (Paper)
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London : Peter Owen, 2009.
isbn
0720613264 (Paper)
9780720613261 (Paper)
catalogue key
6918834
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Tom Ambrose read history at Trinity College, Dublin, and gained a postgraduate degree at University College, London. He worked in advertising in London and Dublin before switching to producing and directing television documentaries and writing. He is the author of Godfather of the Revolution: The Life of Philippe Egalite, Duc d'Orleans and Hitler's Loss: What Britain and America Gained from Europe's Cultural Exiles, both published by Peter Owen.
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Summaries
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This warm, funny and affectionate portrait displays George at his very best: delighting some of the finest minds of his generation, easily winning over his subjects and his family as well as treating his lovers with care and concern - and roistering with all his pals.
Main Description
From the first biography of George IV in 1831 to the last in 2001, Mad King George's son has commonly been held up to ridicule as a weak, selfish, and incompetent spendthrift, barely tolerated by his ministers, loathed by most of his family, and dependent on the emotional support of grasping mistresses. However, acclaimed historian Tom Ambrose--author of Godfather of the Revolution: The Life of Phillipe Egalité, Duc D'Orléans --has uncovered new details on "Prinny" that suggests that, for all his faults, George IV just may have been the most humane and amusing of all British monarchs, notwithstanding his love of the high life. Central to the story is the vast array of friends that populate a remarkable reign as Prince Regent and King. If Prinny, as they knew him, was so grotesquely foolish, how did he amass such a fascinating (and loyal) group of friends? Could any other British ruler count among his friends the country's most brilliant playwright (Richard Sheridan), or the wiliest statesman (Charles Fox), or the greatest political philosopher (Edmund Burke), not to mention perhaps the biggest loveable rogues' gallery London ever saw? The truth was that Prinny's occasional buffoonery and imposing girth made him the perfect target for political satirists and cartoonists--at their zenith during his reign--and his high qualities have been consistently overlooked. This warm, funny, and affectionate portrait displays George at his very best: delighting some of the finest minds of his generation, easily winning over his subjects and his family as well as treating his lovers with care and concern--and roistering with all his pals.
Main Description
From the first biography of George IV in 1831 to the most recent in 2001, Mad King George's son has commonly been held up to ridicule as a weak, selfish and incompetent spendthrift, barely tolerated by his ministers, loathed by most of his family and dependent on the emotional support of grasping mistresses.
Main Description
This book takes a look at George IV, and dispels some popular ideas that he was nothing but obnoxious, selfish, and unbearable.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. 6
Prefacep. 7
The Search for Friendsp. 9
Bad Companyp. 26
Following the Foxp. 38
Followers of Fashionp. 53
Artistic Friendsp. 67
Sheridan's Witp. 79
The Architectsp. 91
A Remarkable Hostp. 103
The Secretariesp. 111
Entertaining Childrenp. 126
Extravagant Friendsp. 142
The Conquest of Irelandp. 153
The Scottish Friendp. 169
Brotherly Lovep. 180
A Sanctimonious Companionp. 192
A Man of the Peoplep. 203
Appendix: Chronology of the Life of George IVp. 217
Bibliographyp. 218
Indexp. 222
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