|Title||:||Prinny and His Pals|
|Number of Pages||:||240|
Prinny and His Pals Reviews
Rather a disappointing work, overall.The author's contention is that George IV did not deserve all the opprobrium heaped upon him, and was in fact a really nice guy, as evidenced by his myriad of cool friends. Unfortunately, I didn't feel he adequately demonstrated this. George IV may have been intelligent, charming, generous, and witty - but he was also juvenile, over-emotional, a drunkard, a gambler, and a shocking spendthrift. He didn't come across to me in this book as particularly likeable. [...]
A very readable look at the different friendships formed by George IV, from the fashionable Beau Brummell to the architect John Nash, and from the disreputable company of the gambling Whig Charles James Fox to the devotion of the Scottish poet and author Sir Walter Scott.The book was different from other biographies of George IV that I have read because it centred on his friendships rather than other aspects of his life. But if its purpose was to convince me of George IV's gift for friendship, t [...]
A lot of proofreading errors, and some factual errors, too.On the positive side, some of the chapters were fairly interesting, and I have to give the guy some credit for taking on the tough job of trying to portray George IV as something other than a dissolute and corpulent buffoon.
I was disappointed to find a number of inaccuracies in this book, ranging from incorrect dates to referring to George's cousin Gloucester as his 'brother'. The conclusion that George IV was a 'man of the people' and loved by the working class thoroughly bemused me, as it is in direct conflict with all I have read and researched about this monarch.