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George Iv Penguin Monarchs

Author : Stella Tillyard
ISBN : 9780141978864
Genre : History
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George IV spent most of his life waiting to become king: as 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 he was, with Charles I, the most artistically literate of all our kings. Yet despite his life of luxury and indulgence, George died alone and unmourned. Stella Tillyard has not written a judgemental book, but a very human and enjoyable one, about this most colourful of all British kings.
Category: History

William Iv Penguin Monarchs

Author : Roger Knight
ISBN : 9780141977218
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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William IV, the 'Sailor King', reigned for just seven years. Rash and impetuous as a young man, he was sent to join the navy by his father, George III, to bring him to order, but he was overpromoted at an early age and saw his years of active service marked by a series of calamities. He was also notorious for his mounting debts and his long relationship with the actress Mrs Jordan, with whom he had ten children. Yet, as Roger Knight, one of Britain's foremost naval historians, shows in this concise and perceptive biography, William's bluff, unpolished sailor's manner made him popular with the people. Inheriting the throne amid strikes, riots and the push for parliamentary reform, he helped see the country through the great constitutional crisis of the era. Despite his many flaws, he was perhaps a better king than sailor, leaving the monarchy in a healthier state than when he found it, and enabling the smooth succession of his niece, Victoria.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

George Vi Penguin Monarchs

Author : Philip Ziegler
ISBN : 9780141977386
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Written by Philip Ziegler, one of Britain's most celebrated biographers, George VI is part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers in a collectible format If Ethelred was notoriously 'Unready' and Alfred 'Great', King George VI should bear the title of 'George the Dutiful'. Throughout his life, George dedicated himself to the pursuit of what he thought he ought to be doing rather than what he wanted to do. Inarticulate and loathing any sort of public appearances, he accepted that it was his destiny to figure conspicuously in the public eye, gritted his teeth, battled his crippling stammer and got on with it. He was not born to be king, but he made an admirable one, and was the figurehead of the nation at the time of its greatest trial, the Second World War. This is a brilliant, touching and sometimes funny book about this reluctant public figure, and the private man. Philip Ziegler is the author of the authorised biographies of Mountbatten, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. His other books include The Duchess of Dino, William IV, The Black Death and most recently Olivier. Initially a diplomat, he worked for many years in book publishing before becoming a full-time writer.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Edward Iv Penguin Monarchs

Author : A J Pollard
ISBN : 9780141978703
Genre : History
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In 1461 Edward earl of March, an able, handsome, and charming eighteen-year old, usurped the English throne from his feeble Lancastrian predecessor Henry VI. Ten years on, following outbreaks of civil conflict that culminated in him losing, then regaining the crown, he had finally secured his kingdom. The years that followed witnessed a period of rule that has been described as a golden age: a time of peace and economic and industrial expansion, which saw the establishment of a style of monarchy that the Tudors would later develop. Yet, argues A. J. Pollard, Edward, who was drawn to a life of sexual and epicurean excess, was a man of limited vision, his reign remaining to the very end the narrow rule of a victorious faction in civil war. Ultimately, his failure was dynastic: barely two months after his death in April 1483, the throne was usurped by Edward's youngest brother, Richard III.
Category: History

George V Penguin Monarchs

Author : David Cannadine
ISBN : 9780141976907
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For a man with such conventional tastes and views, George V had a revolutionary impact. Almost despite himself he marked a decisive break with his flamboyant predecessor Edward VII, inventing the modern monarchy, with its emphasis on frequent public appearances, family values and duty. George V was an effective war-leader and inventor of 'the House of Windsor'. In an era of ever greater media coverage--frequently filmed and initiating the British Empire Christmas broadcast--George became for 25 years a universally recognised figure. He was also the only British monarch to take his role as Emperor of India seriously. While his great rivals (Tsar Nicolas and Kaiser Wilhelm) ended their reigns in catastrophe, he plodded on. David Cannadine's sparkling account of his reign could not be more enjoyable, a masterclass in how to write about Monarchy, that central--if peculiar--pillar of British life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

George I Penguin Monarchs

Author : Tim Blanning
ISBN : 9780141976846
Genre : History
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George I was not the most charismatic of the Hanoverian monarchs to have reigned in England but he was probably the most important. He was certainly the luckiest. Born the youngest son of a landless German duke, he was taken by repeated strokes of good fortune to become, first the ruler of a major state in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and then the sovereign of three kingdoms (England, Ireland and Scotland). Tim Blanning's incisive short biography examines George's life and career as a German prince, and as King. Fifty-four years old when he arrived in London in 1714, he was a battle-hardened veteran, who put his long experience and deep knowledge of international affairs to good use in promoting the interests of both Hanover and Great Britain. When he died, his legacy was order and prosperity at home and power and prestige abroad. Disagreeable he may have been to many, but he was also tough, determined and effective, at a time when other European thrones had started to crumble.
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William Iii Mary Ii Penguin Monarchs

Author : Jonathan Keates
ISBN : 9780141976884
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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William III (1689-1702) & Mary II (1689-94) (Britain's only ever 'joint monarchs') changed the course of the entire country's history, coming to power through a coup (which involved Mary betraying her own father), reestablishing parliament on a new footing and, through commiting Britain to fighting France, initiating an immensely long period of warfare and colonial expansion. Jonathan Keates' wonderful book makes both monarchs vivid, the cold, shrewd 'Dutch' William and the shortlived Mary, whose life and death inspired Purcell to write some of his greatest music.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

William Iv

Author : Roger Knight
ISBN : 0141977205
Genre : Great Britain
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The National Politics Web Guide, a service of Oleg Schultz, offers a very brief biographical sketch of the British King William IV (1765-1837). The biographical sketch notes important events during his reign. The information is provided as part of a listing of the monarchs and rulers of England and Great Britain from 924 forward.
Category: Great Britain

George Vi

Author : Philip Ziegler
ISBN : 014197737X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Written by Philip Ziegler, one of Britain's most celebrated biographers, George VI is part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers in a collectible format If Ethelred was notoriously 'Unready' and Alfred 'Great', King George VI should bear the title of 'George the Dutiful'. Throughout his life, George dedicated himself to the pursuit of what he thought he ought to be doing rather than what he wanted to do. Inarticulate and loathing any sort of public appearances, he accepted that it was his destiny to figure conspicuously in the public eye, gritted his teeth, battled his crippling stammer and got on with it. He was not born to be king, but he made an admirable one, and was the figurehead of the nation at the time of its greatest trial, the Second World War. This is a brilliant, touching and sometimes funny book about this reluctant public figure, and the private man. Philip Ziegler is the author of the authorised biographies of Mountbatten, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. His other books include The Duchess of Dino, William IV, The Black Death and most recently Olivier. Initially a diplomat, he worked for many years in book publishing before becoming a full-time writer.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

History Today

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ISBN : UOM:39015074902704
Genre : History
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George Iii

Author : Christopher Hibbert
ISBN : 0140257373
Genre : Great Britain
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George III, the longest-serving British king, presided over the loss of the American colonies and the defeat of Napoleon. His manner and humour were eccentric and his court was crippled by decorum, constant family disputes and long periods of royal madness. Yet he was also genuinely loved by his subjects. He generously supported many scientists, musicians, painters and writers, and largely created both Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. In this vivid biography, drawing extensively on the documents and artworks in the Royal Archives, Christopher Hibbert reassesses every aspect of the man and his age. 'Typically stylish, spirited and accomplished.' Roy Porter, Literary Review
Category: Great Britain

Author : إدوارد و سعيد
ISBN : 9953891923
Genre : Islam
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The King And The Cowboy

Author : David Fromkin
ISBN : 9781440662294
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An intimate look at two extraordinary figures and their secret collaboration?one that turned the alliance structure of the political world upside down In this character-driven study, acclaimed historian and bestselling author David Fromkin reveals how two colorful figures?Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh? assumed leadership of the English-speaking world at the beginning of the twentieth century. As human beings, the two men could hardly have been more different. Edward, a lover of fine food, drink, beautiful women, and the pleasure-seeking culture of Paris, had previously been regarded as nothing more than a playboy. Across the Atlantic, Theodore Roosevelt, the aristocrat from Manhattan and self-made cowboy, would rise above his critics to become one of the nation?s most beloved presidents. Together, they wrote the agenda for the North Atlantic democracies of the twentieth century.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Penguin Dictionary Of British History

Author : Juliet Gardiner
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110535338
Genre : Great Britain
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An authoritative and wide-ranging survey of over 2000 years of British history, from Roman times to the present day. Comprizing over 3000 articles and written by a team of leading academic historians, the guide constitutes a useful source of information about the people, events and culture that have shaped Britain's development over the past two millennia.
Category: Great Britain

The New Penguin Dictionary Of Modern History 1789 1945

Author : Duncan Townson
ISBN : UOM:39015032182175
Genre : History
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Identifies important individuals, institutions, places, and events that shaped the late eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries
Category: History

The Penguin Pocket Kings And Queens

Author : David Crystal
ISBN : IND:30000107606208
Genre : Great Britain
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Penguin Pocket Kings and Queens is indispensable for anyone who wishes to check dates, facts or popular tales about the reigns of any of the Kings or Queens of the British Isles and Ireland. Dating from the earliest times to the present day, this is the ultimate one-stop guide to the history of royalty.
Category: Great Britain

Encyclopedia Of World Biography Ford Grilliparzer

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ISBN : 0787625469
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Presents brief biographical sketches which provide vital statistics as well as information on the importance of the person listed.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Penguin Dictionary Of Modern History 1789 1945

Author : Alan Warwick Palmer
ISBN : STANFORD:36105024257680
Genre : Reference
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The political and constitutional developments of the century are of central concern in this brief history
Category: Reference