By Philip Ziegler
Written via Philip Ziegler, considered one of Britain's such a lot celebrated biographers, George VI is a part of the Penguin Monarchs sequence: brief, clean, specialist bills of England's rulers in a collectible format
If Ethelred was once notoriously 'Unready' and Alfred 'Great', King George VI should still endure the name of 'George the Dutiful'.
Throughout his existence, George devoted himself to the pursuit of what he proposal he should be doing instead of what he desired to do. Inarticulate and loathing any type of public appearances, he approved that it was once his future to determine conspicuously within the public eye, gritted his tooth, battled his crippling stammer and acquired on with it.
He was once now not born to be king, yet he made an admirable one, and used to be the figurehead of the country on the time of its maximum trial, the second one global conflict. it is a remarkable, touching and occasionally humorous e-book approximately this reluctant public determine, and the personal man.
Philip Ziegler is the writer of the permitted biographies of Mountbatten, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. His different books comprise The Duchess of Dino, William IV, The Black Death and so much lately Olivier. at first a diplomat, he labored for a few years in booklet publishing prior to turning into a full-time author.
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Some of the ‘fences’ board, lodge and clothe two or three boys or girls, and send them out regularly to thieve, the fence usually taking all the proceeds, and if it be the young thief has been successful, he is rewarded with a trifle of pocket-money, and is allowed plenty of beer and tobacco. . In some of these establishments, men and women, boys and girls – but perhaps in no case, or in very rare cases, unless they are themselves consenting parties – herd together promiscuously. . Boys have boastfully carried on loud conversations, and from distant parts of the room, of their triumphs over the virtue of girls, and girls have laughed at and encouraged the recital.
In some of these lodging-houses, the proprietor – or, I am told, it might be more correct to say, the proprietress, as there are more women than men engaged in the nefarious trade carried on in these houses – are ‘fences’, or receivers of stolen goods in a small way. Their ‘fencing’, unless as the very exception, does not extend to any plate, or jewellery, or articles of value, but is chiefly confined to provisions, and most of all to those which are of ready sale to the lodgers. Of very ready sale are ‘fish got from the gate’ (stolen from Billingsgate); ‘sawney’ (thieved bacon), and ‘flesh found in Leadenhall’ (butcher’s meat stolen from that market).
What we think of when we talk of English traits really narrows itself to a small district. It excludes Ireland and Scotland and Wales, and reduces itself at last to London, that is, to those who come and go thither. The portraits that hang on the walls in the Academy exhibition at London, the figures in Punch’s drawings of the public men or of the club-houses, the prints in the shop-windows, are distinctive English, and not American, no, nor Scotch, nor Irish; but ’tis a very restricted nationality.