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- Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 512 pages
- Dimensions: 145mm x 224mm x 30mm | 680g
- Publication date: 3 February 2000
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0465027245
- ISBN 13: 9780465027248
- Illustrations note: Ill.(some col.).
- Sales rank: 367,421
In George III: A Personal History, British historian Christopher Hibbert reassesses the royal monarch George III (1738--1820). Rather than reaffirm George III's reputation as "Mad King George," Hibbert portrays him as not only a competent ruler during most of his reign, but also as a patron of the arts and sciences, as a man of wit and intelligence, indeed, as a man who "greatly enhanced the reputation of the British monarchy" until he was finally stricken by a rare hereditary disease.Teeming with court machinations, sexual intrigues, and familial conflicts, George III opens a window on the tumultuous, rambunctious, revolutionary eighteenth century. It is sure to alter our understanding of this fascinating, complex, and very human king who so strongly shaped England's --and America's--destiny.
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Christopher Hibbert has written many well-received biographies, including, most recently, Queen Victoria. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Doctor of Letters of Leicester University.
Table of contents
Part One * The Greatest Beast in the Whole World * Father and Son * The Pupil and His Tutors * The Dearest Friend * Death of the Old Man * Bride and Bridegroom * First Impressions * Buckingham House * Duties and Diversions * A Promising Start * Dukes and Ministers * Family Life * A Turbulent Ministry * John Wilkes * Troubles in America * John Wilkes Returns * A Man of Admirable Parts * An Ugly Job * Surrender at Yorktown * The Kings Brothers * The Kings Sisters * The Move to Windsor * At Mrs. Delanys * The Squire of Windsor * Gross Abuses in the Expenditure of Public Money Part Two * The Gordon Riots * Attempted Murder * King George versus Mr. Fox * The Profligate Heir * The Defeat of Fox * A Secret Marriage * The Medical Tribe * The Lincolnshire Mad-Doctor * Doctors Dilemma * The Kings Recovery * Prayers and Celebrations * Weymouth en fte * War with France * Relapse and Recovery * A Disasterous Marriage * The Angry Father * A Dreaded Interview * An Astonishing Change for the Worse * Princess Charlotte and her Mother * The Royal Dukes * The Conservative Gentleman * The Nunnery * Apotheosis * Regency * Last Days at Windsor