Georgian Monarchy: Politics and Culture, 1714-1760

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This book, first published in 2006, is a revisionist account of the monarchy during the reigns of the first two Hanoverian kings of Britain, George I and George II. This detailed study of early Georgian kingship and queenship examines the rhetorical and iconographical fashioning of the dynasty, evaluates the political and social function of the early Georgian court, and provides an extensive analysis of provincial cultures of monarchism. Wide-ranging in the scope of its enquiry and interdisciplinary source material, it rejects the contention that the Georgian kings were tolerated solely on the grounds of political expediency. Instead, Hannah Smith argues that they enjoyed a rich popularity that grew out of a flourishing culture of loyalism. In doing so, she engages with key debates over the nature of early eighteenth-century British society, highlights the European context to British political thinking, and, more broadly, illuminates the functioning of cultures of power in this period.

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"Hannah Smith, in this fine first book, has entered the lists in behalf of this undervalued." -Victor Stater, H-Albion
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Introduction: or 'When George in pudding time came o'er'; Part I. Kingship and Queenship: 1. Images of the early Georgian monarchy; 2. The fashioning of early Georgian kingship and queenship; Part II. The Creation of a Culture: 3. Loyalist culture in the localities; 4. The regime, the state, and the enforcement of loyalist culture; Part III. The Court: 5. The early Georgian court; Conclusion.

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