On the 200th anniversary of George IV's accession to the throne, this lecture considers whether or not he had any real impact on the fast-industrialising world around him, and the turbulent political times he lived through.
When George was young, opposition politicians worried about the 'secret influence' the monarch could wield. By the time he died the limited power of the monarch was confirmed. But did the shift have anything to do with him at all?
Stella is Visiting Professor in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. She is a best-selling author with her most recent book entitled 'George IV' Penguin Monarchs, 2018.