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Prince of Pleasure

(1998)
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'David is extremely good at interweaving the different stands of his narrative. He has an eye for the apt quotation and the telling anecdoate... He is a historian of enormous promise who might one day become the Hibbert of the next generation.' Amanda Foreman, Sunday Times

A wonderful portrait of George IV and his time - the first in 25 years.

Described by the Duke of Wellington as 'the most extraordinary compound of talent, wit, buffoonery, obstinacy and good feeling that I ever saw in one character in my life', George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, later George IV, was a highly controversial figure. He courted both Whigs and Tories in his attempts to establish the Regency during the 'madness' of his father, George III. Scandalous liaisons with prostitutes and duchesses, and his 'secret' marriage to the Catholic Mrs Fitzherbert, tested his duty - to nation and to family. Yet his support for overseas campaigns against Napoleon, culminating in such historic victories as Trafalgar and Waterloo, consolidated Britain's status as the pre-eminent world power amid the great social and economic upheavals of the Industrial Revolution.

Drawing on a wealth of original accounts of life in Georgian Britain, Saul David has created a masterly portrait - of a flamboyant, opportunistic and influential figure, and of a nation in a time of great change.

Saul David is Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham and the author of several critically-acclaimed history books, including The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year) and Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire.

Saul David also writes acclaimed historical fiction. Zulu Hart, the first in the George Hart series, was a bestseller in 2009, followed by Hart of Empire in 2010.

An experienced broadcaster, Saul David has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels and is a regular contributor to Radio 4.

Praise for Saul's books:

'I do not think there is a better one-volume account of this rogue prince. The author knows his stuff, weaves his way deftly through the politicking of the era without making it boring, and splendidly brings to life the endless amours of the man with a long succession of mistresses.' Roy Strong, Country Life

'Lively and lucid... David has insight, scholarly understanding and flashes of wit worthy of the Regency satirists themselves.' Jenny Uglow, TLS

'Filled with swashbuckling derring-do, the reek of blood and gunpowder, combined with shrewd analysis of power, war and psychology' Simon Sebag Montefiore

'Those wishing to immerse themselves in this golden age of British military success will relish David's fine piece of history' Sunday Times

'A first-rate historian, now a masterly story-teller' Bernard Cornwell

'David is a popular historian with a rare talent . . . An unashamed crowd-pleaser with a compelling, sexy hero who could give Cornwell's Sharpe a run for his money.' The Times

    

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Hardback Editions

November 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Prince of Pleasure
Author(s): Saul DAVID
ISBN: 0-316-64616-4 / 978-0-316-64616-1 (USA edition)
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March 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 0-87113-739-9 / 978-0-87113-739-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr
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Paperback Editions

June 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 0-8021-3703-2 / 978-0-8021-3703-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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October 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Prince Of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 0-349-11087-5 / 978-0-349-11087-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 1-5226-5982-X / 978-1-5226-5982-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

February 2018 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Sharpe Books
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