Books: The British Virtues

KING GEORGE THE FIFTH. HIS LIFE AND REIGN (570 pp.)—Harold Nicolson—Doubleday ($7.50).

When the little prince was born, in 1865, his grandmama Victoria wanted his first name to be Frederick, but she gave in to his parents' preference for George Frederick Ernest Albert. "If the dear child grows up good and wise," wrote Queen Victoria, "I shall not mind what his name is."

George grew up to be a good King who ruled wisely over his subjects (without governing them) during some of the most searching times the thousand-year-old British monarchy had ever faced....

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