George I

George I

by Ragnhild Hatton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300088833

ISBN-13: 9780300088830

Pub. Date: 05/01/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press


In 1714 George Ludwig, the fifty-eight-year-old elector of Brunswick-Luneburg, became, as George I, the first of the Hanoverian dynasty to rule Britain. Until his death in 1727 George served as both elector of Hanover and British monarch. An enigmatic figure whose real character has long been concealed by anti-Hanoverian propaganda, George emerges in this…  See more details below

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In 1714 George Ludwig, the fifty-eight-year-old elector of Brunswick-Luneburg, became, as George I, the first of the Hanoverian dynasty to rule Britain. Until his death in 1727 George served as both elector of Hanover and British monarch. An enigmatic figure whose real character has long been concealed by anti-Hanoverian propaganda, George emerges in this groundbreaking biography as an impressive ruler who welcomed the responsibilities the accession brought him and set out to bring culture to what he considered the unsophisticated English nation.

Ragnhild Hatton’s biography is the only comprehensive account of George’s life and reign. It draws on a wide range of archival sources in several languages to illuminate the fascinating details of George’s early life and dynastic crises, his plans and ambitions for the British nation, the impact of his rationalist ideas, and his accomplishments as king. The book also examines the king’s private life, his family relationships in both Prussia and England, his private interest in music and the arts, and the improvement of his British and Hanoverian properties.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300088830
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
The English Monarchs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
442
Sales rank:
1,406,419
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the yale edition1
Preface9
Spelling of names and places11
Notes on dates13
IParents and childhood15
IIThe electoral cap31
The father's plans for his son33
The family's advancement and George's marriage37
The primogeniture struggle42
George's divorce48
IIIExperience gained65
The Konigsmarck myth65
George at the helm69
The prospect of England70
Struggle over the English succession between George and his mother76
Wider German horizons78
Losses of friends and companions90
IVThe royal crown93
Hanover and Celle united93
George's household after 169898
The War of the Spanish Succession100
Death of queen Anne: the 'Act of Settlement' put into effect104
VSettling down111
Great Britain at the time of George's accession111
George and the party system119
The king's English128
The royal household132
VITwo issues of principle147
The struggle for place and profit147
Promotion by title156
The Hanoverian succession157
VIIThree crises170
George I's image170
The Jacobite 'Fifteen'174
European issues 1716-17180
The ministerial crisis193
Quarrel in the royal family201
VIIIThe watershed 1718-21211
Lessons learnt211
European peace plans216
Success in the south230
Partial success in the north235
Shifts of emphasis242
IXPeace, its problems and achievements247
The South Sea bubble247
George, a captive of his ministers?256
George as a patron of the arts260
Unfinished business267
Alliances and counter-alliances274
War or peace?277
XDeath of George I280
George's last journey280
The balance sheet285
Bibliography300
Notes to the text322
Genealogical tables372
Map 1George's Hanoverian dominions and the near neighbours of his electorate378
Map 2Northern Europe380
Map 3Southern Europe382
List of illustrations384
Index386

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