Reign of King George IV

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Historical Context Note

By the time that George IV succeeded to the throne in 1820, he had already been acting as Prince Regent since 1811, when his father George III, suffering from a form of madness probably the result of porphyria, had been deemed unfit to rule.

His reign saw public statements of reconciliation towards Ireland and Scotland, as George IV became the first British monarch to make a state visit to Ireland since Richard II. He was also the first to enter Scotland since the mid-seventeenth century. His visit to Edinburgh demonstrated categorically that the threat of Jacobite rebellion was now a thing of the past, as the Highland plaid, an outlawed dress in the wake of the Forty-Five, was his costume of choice.

His reign also saw a …

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Editors. "Reign of King George IV". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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  1. Reigns and Monarchy in the British Isles