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July 16, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

52. George IV (the Prince Regent)


When George III descended into his final madness in 1811 his eldest son became the Prince Regent, finally becoming George IV in 1820. Unlike his sober and dutiful father, George IV was a drinking, gambling, womanising figure of huge controversy who was extremely unpopular in a difficult period of economic and political strife. However, he was also one of the monarchy's most entertaining characters, surprisingly kind in person and in his cultural patronage left a glorious legacy still enjoyed today. Some would call him one of the worst monarchs, but could this be his chance for redemption?

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  • David Nolan

    Has anybody else mentioned the slip of the tongue at 58 minutes 24 seconds? Talking of George IV’s 1821 visit to Ireland, Graham says “Daniel O’Donnell presents him with a crown of laurel leaves”? You refer correctly to Daniel O’Connell soon after, so there should not be much risk of an Irish crooner popping up in essays written by Rexfactor listeners.

    Another minor musical slip relates to the composer Haydn, the first syllable of whose name you rhyme with day, whereas it is normally pronounced “hi”.

    Otherwise, this episode was, as ever, music to my ears.

    Jul 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm
  • rexfactor

    Ha! All the times I listened to it in the editing and I never noticed that! And neither, it seems, has anyone else. Maybe he’s not so well known to listeners from other shores, maybe like me people thought “that name sounds right” without considering the context. Either way, good spot!

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • Brian Miller

    …And I think a slip of the tongue over the total score for Battliness - 7 not 9 (although I may have misheard)…

    This is a great series, although I still think George III should have the RF simply for being so dull that he didn’t provoke the spread of the French Revolution to Britain. Had George IV been in charge at the time we’d surely be a Republic by now. I’m backing Charles II for the Super-Rex though.

    Keep up the good work - I’m fascinated to know how close to the present you need to get before your comments can be construed as treason….

    Aug 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm
  • rexfactor

    It’s true, I got the maths wrong! I did notice on listening to it again later so it has been corrected on the spreadsheet.

    As for treason, thanks to HMTQ having such a long reign we can pretty much get right up to the end of the line before that becomes an issue. When we do get to her, though…

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm
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