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George III /
Christopher Wright.
imprint
London : British Library, 2005.
description
144 p. : ill. (some col.), 1 geneal. table, col. maps, col. ports. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
071234893X
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London : British Library, 2005.
isbn
071234893X
catalogue key
5476139
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Christopher Wright is Head of Manuscripts at The British Library.
Summaries
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During his 60-year reign, George III lost not only the American colonies but also his own sanity. This book profiles his life and rule, placing him in social, constitutional and international contexts.
Long Description
King George III, who reigned in Britain from 1760 to 1820, is perhaps best remembered today for being the monarch who lost the American Colonies and for his own uncertain sanity. Attacked by his political opponents as a 'tyrant, ' opposition politicians at the time and Whig historians subsequently portrayed him as seeking to undermine the British constitution by enlarging the power of the Crown. Over the last decades, however, historians have looked again at his life and reign. What has emerged is an altogether more sympathetic portrait. George III was far from being the intellectual mediocrity of legend. He was interested in, and an active supporter of, the latest advances in science. A voracious buyer of books, his collection was in due course to double the size of the national library. His death produced a national outpouring of grief that has rarely been equalled until modern times. This study seeks the truth about this most controversial of rulers, while giving an account of the King's personal and political life and seeking to place it in its social, constitutional, and international context.
Main Description
George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1820, is remembered today for his loss both of the American Colonies and his own sanity. Over the last decades historians have looked again at his life and reign and what has emerged is a more sympathetic portrait. George III was far from being the intellectual mediocrity of legend. He was an active supporter of the latest advances in science. A voracious buyer of books, his collection was in due course to double the size of the national library. And when he died there was a national outpouring of grief that has rarely been equalled until modern times. This study, while giving an account of the King's personal and political life, will seek to place it in its social, constitutional and international context so that the reader can reach their own verdict on George III.
Main Description
King George III, who reigned in Britain from 1760 to 1820, is perhaps best remembered today for being the monarch who lost the American Colonies and for his own uncertain sanity. Attacked by his political opponents as a "tyrant," opposition politicians at the time and Whig historians subsequently portrayed him as seeking to undermine the British constitution by enlarging the power of the Crown. Over the last decades, however, historians have looked again at his life and reign. What has emerged is an altogether more sympathetic portrait. George III was far from being the intellectual mediocrity of legend. He was interested in, and an active supporter of, the latest advances in science. A voracious buyer of books, his collection was in due course to double the size of the national library. His death produced a national outpouring of grief that has rarely been equalled until modern times. This study seeks the truth about this most controversial of rulers, while giving an account of the King's personal and political life and seeking to place it in its social, constitutional, and international context.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 8
A King in waiting (1738-60)p. 10
Accession and the search for a First Minister (1760-70)p. 24
The American War (1770-82)p. 42
The King's position re-established (1782-1810)p. 58
The image and achievement of the King (1760-1820)p. 80
Madness and death (1788-1820)p. 116
Chronologyp. 140
Further readingp. 142
Indexp. 143
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