Cultural depictions of George IV of the United Kingdom


Cultural depictions of George IV of the United Kingdom

George IV of the United Kingdom has been depicted many times in popular culture.

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Literature

  • George IV appears as a character in Rodney Stone by Arthur Conan Doyle (1896), where he is shown as an irresponsible spendthrift, wildly self-indulgent and given to self-delusion, but not without some kindly impulses. A more recent portrayal is that in Bernard Cornwell's novel Sharpe's Regiment, which is set during the Regency period; here he is portrayed as fat, extravagant and possibly suffering from the same insanity which had afflicted his father. He is an enthusiastic fan of Richard Sharpe's military exploits, and claims to have been present at the Battle of Talavera and to have helped Sharpe capture a French standard. In the novel's historical note, Cornwell said he based the remark on an historical incident when George, during a dinner party at which Wellington was present, claimed to have led a charge at Waterloo.[1]
  • George IV appears as a character in The Regency, Volume 13 of The Morland Dynasty, a series of historical novels by author Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. The fictional Lucy Morland, Countess of Aylesbury, is one of his 'set' and his reign and regency provide the backdrop to the novel.

Film

On screen, George IV has been portrayed by:

Television

On television, George IV has been played by:

Radio

Footnotes

  1. ^ According to The private letters of Princess Lieven to Prince Metternich, 1820–1826 edited by Quennell (1937) the King merely pretended to have fought at Waterloo disguised as General Bock to annoy the Duke of Wellington.

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