Saturday, September 06, 2008
The First Four Georges by John Harold Plumb biographical sketches of the first four British kings to have the name George. Through their lives we learn quite a bit about British social and political history in the 18th and early 19th century. All four had various foibles which are described in loving detail. The last two get the most coverage. The loss of the American colonies by George III and the occasional insanity of George IV. This was originally published in the 1950s so it has many of the flourishes of nonfiction writing, from those days.