Susan here — let’s take a light look at the Prince Regent — the namesake of our beloved Regency period. Born in 1762, died 1830, King George the 4th (Prince Regent) was one of 15 children. The oldest son of King George the 3rd, he did not follow his father’s conservative ways. He was Prince Regent from 1811 to 1920, and then king for ten years.
Age he “left home”: 18
Favorite vacation spot: Brighton
Age at ascension to the Regency: 49
Age at ascension to the throne: 57
Number of concurrent marriages: 2 (Maria Fitzherbert, Caroline of Brunswick)
hated: flat roofs
Took unjust credit for: British victory in Spain, and the overthrow of Napoleon
Was firmly convinced that: he fought in the Battle of Waterloo
Favorite authors: Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott
Famous book dedicated to him: Emma, by Austen
Waist measurement: 50″ (1824)
Health problems: gout, arteriosclerosis, dropsy, and possibly porphyria
Information about George the 4th (the Prince Regent) is accessible and understandable. I recommend a brief study of his life to better frame your Regency knowledge.
Who’s your favorite historical figure of the Regency?