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George IV : inspiration of the Regency

Author: Steven Parissien
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"Already a byword for taste and extravagance by the time he became Prince Regent in 1811, George IV remains as vivid and notorious a figure today as he was in his own time. He bequeathed to his nation a glittering legacy of stunning, eclectic, and often eccentric houses and collections, and also provided the monarchs who followed him with an object lesson in how - and, more significantly, how not - to conduct
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George, King of Great Britain; König IV ) Georg (Großbritannien
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Parissien
ISBN: 0312284020 9780312284022
OCLC Number: 48450827
Notes: Originally published: London : John Murray, 2001.
Description: xv, 447 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: I INTRODUCTION --
I. The Face of Death 3 --
2. Family and Friends 8 --
II GOVERNING PASSIONS --
3. The 'Amorous and Inconstant Sexagenarian' 57 --
4. Dress and Militaria 94 --
5. Architectural Patronage 1 6 --
6. Connoisseur of Fine Art '43 --
7. Conspicuous Consumption i66 --
8. Political Posturing 176 --
9. The Ancien Rgime 193 --
III FAMILY AFFAIRS --
10. Separation and Divorce 209 --
11. The Immense Girl 227 --
IV THE IMAGE OF ROYALTY --
12. Image and Reality 245 --
13. George and Napoleon 264 --
14. The Masquerade of Rooms 282 --
15. The Coronation 303 --
16. The Visit to Edinburgh 316 --
V THE IMAGE ASKEW --
17. The King as Caricature 339 --
I8. Recluse 355 --
I9. Conclusion 373.
Responsibility: Steven Parissien.
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"Already a byword for taste and extravagance by the time he became Prince Regent in 1811, George IV remains as vivid and notorious a figure today as he was in his own time. He bequeathed to his nation a glittering legacy of stunning, eclectic, and often eccentric houses and collections, and also provided the monarchs who followed him with an object lesson in how - and, more significantly, how not - to conduct oneself. In many ways a strikingly modern sovereign, he attempted to manipulate his public image to divert attention from the less savory aspects of his private life. His ultimate mistake was actually to believe in the image he had manufactured rather than in the depressing reality.".

"Steven Parissien brings us George IV against the cultural background of his age, showing how his behavior affected the contemporary view of both the monarch and the monarchy, and how his energies and ambitions focused upon the artistic, architectural, and social splendor with which we now associate him."--Cover.

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