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... a pig, an ass, a dunghill, the spawn of an adder, a basilisk, a lying buffoon, a mad fool with a frothy mouth.
Martin Luther (1483-1546) on Henry VIII (1491-1547)
A corpulent voluptuary.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) on Edward VII (1841-1910)
A dull, stupid and profligate King, full of drink and low conversation, without dignity of appearance or manner, without sympathy of any kind with the English people and English ways and without the slightest knowledge of the English language.
Justin McCarthy, Irish journalist and writer, on George I (1660-1727)
A more contemptible, cowardly, selfish unfeeling dog does not exist than this king... with vices and weaknesses of the lowest and most contemptible order.
Charles Greville, English diarist, on George IV (1762-1830)
A more profligate parson I never met.
George IV (1762-1830) on Revd Sydney Smith (1771-1845)
A noble, nasty course he ran, Superbly filthy and fastidious; He was the world's 'first gentleman', and made the appellation hideous.
Winthrop Mackworth Praed on George IV (1762-1830)
Alvanley - who's your fat friend?
George Beau Brummel (1778-1840), British dandy, of George IV (1762-1830)
As just and merciful as Nero and as good a Christian as Mohammed.
John Wesley (1703-91) on Elizabeth I (1533-1603)
Born into the ranks of the working class, the new King's most likely fate would have been that of a street-corner loafer.
James Keir Hardie (1856-1915), British Labour politician, on George V (1865-1936)
Cursed Jezebel of England.
John Knox (1505-72) on Mary I (1516-58)
Damn the North! and damn the South! and damn Wellington! The question is, how am I going to get rid of this damned Princess of Wales.
Prince of Wales (1762-1830), later George IV, on a political marriage for him despite his private marriage to Mrs Fitzherbert
For seventeen years he did nothing at all but kill animals and stick in stamps.
Harold Nicolson, English diplomat and writer, while writing his biography of George V (1865-1936)
George the First was always reckoned Vile, but viler George the Second; And what mortal ever heard Any good from George the Third? When from Earth the Fourth descended (God be praised!) the Georges ended.
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864) on the Four Georges of England
George the Third, Ought never to have occurred. One can only wonder At so grotesque a blunder.
Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) on George III (1738-1820)
He has the heart of a cucumber fried in snow.
Ninon de Lenclos, French courtesan, on the Marquis de Sevigne, French aristocrat
He would fain be a Despot, even at the cost of another's Underling... I look on him as one of the moral Monsters of History.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, on Charles II (1630-85)
Henry IV's feet and armpits enjoyed an international reputation.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) on King Henry IV (1366-1413)
Henry VIII perhaps approached as nearly to the ideal standard of perfect wickedness as the infirmities of human nature will allow.
Sir James Mackintosh, historian, on Henry VIII (1491-1547)
Here lies Fred, Who was alive and now is dead: Had it been his father, I had much rather; Had it been his brother, Better than another; Had it been his sister, No one would have missed her; Had it been the whole generation, Better for the nation: But since 'tis only Fred, Who was alive and is dead - There's no more to be said.
Horace Walpole (1717-97), English writer, on Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707-51)
Here lies our mutton-loving king, Whose word no man relies on; Who never said a foolish thing, And never did a wise one.
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, on King Charles II (1630-85)

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