George III: A Personal History

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Viking, 1998 - 463 páginas
"To most English people George III is the King who went mad; to most Americans he is the King stigmatized in the Declaration of Independence as 'unfit to be the ruler of a free people'." "In this absorbing book Christopher Hibbert reassesses a remarkable man, discusses his political beliefs and aspirations, his relationships with his ministers, courtiers and family, and the reasons why he came to be so widely loved by his subjects. He is portrayed as a man of great courage and sensibility, a generous patron of scientists, musicians, authors and artists, and as a discerning book collector in whose library Dr Johnson was so taken by his charm and knowledge. For all his eccentricities and occasional cantankerous outbursts, he is seen as a man of wide sympathies, intelligence and interests, farmer, amateur astronomer, architect and mechanic, a man of strong sexual urges who remained faithful to a plain and difficult wife, someone who was capable of flashes of wit and irony and who greatly enhanced the reputation of the British monarchy in the sixty years of his reign despite the fact that, suffering from a rare hereditary disorder, for a time he lost his reason and disappeared into a world of strange imaginings." --Book Jacket.

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Crítica de los usuarios  - mahallett - LibraryThing

easy to read. George was peculiar but basically a nice guy. I think his wife was a difficult woman who functioned if everything was going her way. she was nasty to all her children. neither parent ... Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

Overall, I find one thing interesting about George III - the fact that he went insane. Otherwise, he's a rather dull figure, a family man, a dutiful monarch, favored conservatives in politics, and he ... Leer comentario completo

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The Greatest Beast in the Whole World
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Father and Son
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The Pupil and His Tutors
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Christopher Hibbert: March 5, 1924 -- December 21, 2008 Historian Christopher Hibbert was born as Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, England in 1924. He dropped out of Oriel College to join the Army. He served with the London Irish Rifles and won the Military Cross. He earned a degree in history in 1948. Before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer, he worked as a real estate agent and a television critic for Truth magazine. He wrote more than 60 books throughout his lifetime including The Road to Tyburn (1957), Il Duce: The Life of Benito Mussolini(1962), George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 (1972), and George IV: Regent and King, 1812-1830 (1973). Hibbert was awarded the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1962 for The Destruction of Lord Raglan. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographical Society, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Leicester. He died from bronchial pneumonia on December 21, 2008 at the age of 84.

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