The King’s Jaunt: George IV in Scotland, 1822 by John Prebble

The King’s Jaunt: George IV in Scotland, 1822 by John Prebble lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

Collins, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: The visit of King George IV to Scotland in August 1822 was the first by a British monarch for almost two centuries. He was received with all the ceremony which Sir Walter Scott the official pageant-master could discover or devise. Scott created a Plaided Panorama, whereby an invented mythology of Highland customs and dress was accepted as ancient tradition as it is still. The feasting, the processions, the presentations continued for ten days before the satiated monarch sailed again for London.

But the Royal Visit, and John Prebbles account of it, are more complex than they appear at first sight. When it was still no more than a hope it was disparagingly referred to in the ante-chambers of the London court as The Kings Jaunt, to distinguish it from another visit proposed to the King at the same time. This was The Kings Journey- a state visit to Vienna, where he would join the Tsar of Russia and the Emperor of Austria in disposing the affairs of Europe. His ministers, however, had no desire to let George loose on the Continent. The way in which they, his mistress and his confidants each attempted to influence the dithering, self-pitying, sybaritic royal hypochondriac is here witheringly sketched in some of John Prebbles most memorable scenes.

There was a darker side to the tartan and the tinsel. The Kings Jaunt took place only two years after Scotlands Radical Insurrection, when 60,000 workers struck in Glasgow, a force of armed weavers was brutally dispersed by Yeomanry, and three of its leaders bloodily executed. The Highland clans that Scott called to Edinburgh for a Gathering in honour of the King had been the victims of eviction, roof-burning, poverty and enforced emigration for more than ten years. Scott believed that his inspiring pageant would restore Scotlands faith in herself, and that an understanding of her colourful history would help her resist the corruption of alien change.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick at the tail of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.

Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 399 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Royalty category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!

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