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New Book | Prinny’s Taylor: The Life and Times of Louis Bazalgette

Posted in books by Editor on April 30, 2016

Available from Wordery:

Charles Bazalgette, Prinny’s Taylor: The Life and Times of Louis Bazalgette (Tara Books, 2015), 380 pages, ISBN: 978-0987969200, $25.

510zVB7q4EL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The excesses of George IV, his debts, and the huge sums that he expended on his wardrobe are legendary. It is, therefore, strange that the man who was the Prince’s tailor for over thirty-two years, and his principal tailor for over half of that time, should have been named, and then only in passing, in just two other books. Louis Bazalgette (1750–1830) has been a shadowy figure until now; the relationship between the two men was discreet and almost clandestine. This biography presents a detailed picture of an extraordinary man, of humble origins, whose influence on tailoring, and upon the Prince himself, must have been far-reaching. This fascinating story presents a new angle on Georgian and Regency life, as seen through the eyes of a little French tailor who by his own efforts became a wealthy propertied merchant. There is also a great deal of information on tailoring of the period. Some of Louis Bazalgette’s descendants also enter the story. His eldest son Joseph William Bazalgette, R.N, served with distinction during the Napoleonic Wars, and his grandson of the same name was a noted civil engineer. The author is Louis’s great-great-great-great-grandson.

Charles Bazalgette has worked in the IT industry in a variety of roles for over forty years. He lives near Salmo, a village in British Columbia, with his wife Trish. His interests are mainly in the past: research into family and social history as well as the restoration of old buildings, furniture, and clocks.

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