Books: The End of Yeoman England

THE AGE OF ELEGANCE (450 pp.)—Arthur Bryant—Harper ($4.50).

King George III was as mad as a hatter, blind, doddering and virtually a prisoner in Windsor Castle. His son George, the Prince Regent, was fat, gross and so unpopular that he hardly dared show his face in public. When he did, he was booed. His adulteries were public knowledge, but his broad-beamed princess, Caroline, was also indiscreet. Soon, and quite openly, she was to take an Italian lover and stand a parliamentary trial for her conduct. London's streets were full of soldiers being demobbed, and...

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