Can you imagine a country run by a mad king? If one considers this little problem long enough, you would realize the ridiculousness of it. What if the king suddenly declared, "Off with your head"? I am quite sure everyone in the kingdom would grab their throat. A mad king is beyond the pale. Some might even have a serious case of the vapors because of it, and others would surely cast up their accounts. A mad king would be a frightening thing, and yet, that was exactly the fate of our English friends during the Regency period. King George III lost his mind. I'm sad to report that he did not find it. Once the English declared George, Prince of Wales (known as Prinny) the Prince Regent, our beloved Regency era began (1811).