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Historical Context

King George IV and the Regency Era

The Regency is the name for that period from 1811 to 1820 when the Prince of Wales served as prince regent in place of his father the ill King George III. King George IV reigned from 1820, when his father died, until his own death in 1830 at age sixty-seven. The prince regent was best known for his extravagant lifestyle—hallmark of the Regency era—which angered his father, King George III, who was known to be thrifty and plain. Prince George further upset his parents and Parliament by carrying on a romance with the Roman Catholic Maria Anne Fitzherbert, whom he married in 1785, even though several laws prohibited the union. The couple kept their marriage secret. In 1787, friends of the profligate prince sought and were given a parliamentary grant to pay off George’s debts. The prince was forced by his...

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