We haven't had a Friday Video from the Horrible Histories crew for a while. Here's one of our favorites: George IV receiving news that, to him, isn't nearly as bad as it should be. It's easy to imagine the real George's reaction probably wasn't much better.
He probably believed he had good reason, too. This video isn't far from the historical mark (always the case with Horrible Histories.) As most of our readers already know, George IV (1762-1830) did have to wait most of his life to claim the crown; his father, George III was 82 when he died, and George IV himself was nearly 60. The fact that the younger George had also served as Regent while his father suffered from his final mental illness likely only made him more impatient. While he waited to become king, he did in fact lead a life filled with complicated womanizing, gormandizing, and spending, as the video describes. He was not a well-regarded monarch - not because he was fat (thought that did make him an easy target for the viciously barbed caricaturists of the day), but because he was self-indulgent, extravagant, and irresponsible.
But the video is amusing....
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