GEORGE THE FOURTH by Roger Fulford


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Of the making of books about the House of Hanover there is apparently no end. This -- dealing with the great Regency period -- bears witness that George had little influence on the period. The author, who has delved deeply into his sources, rehearses George's life in intimate -- sometimes too intimate -- detail, but through his pictures of state dinners, soirees, Regency and Coronation celebrations, festivities for the Duke of Wellington after Waterloo, one gets a vivid picture of the period. The style is readable and sprightly, the book is enlivened by quotations -- scurrilous and otherwise -- from contemporary writings. George was pretty well hated -- and the biographer apportions blame and gives credit in impartial fashion. Of interest primarily to those concerned with that period of English history (which is praising with faint damns!). Can't see a wide market, but should be available at public libraries.

Publisher: Putnam -- Minton, Balch