9780300088830

George I

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300088830

  • ISBN10:

    0300088833

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2001-05-11
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

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. The late Ragnhild Hatton was professor of international history at the University of London. Jeremy Black, professor of history at the University of Exeter, is the author of numerous books, includingWar and the World and Maps and History,both published by Yale University Press. Yale English Monarchs Series

Author Biography

The late Ragnhild Hatton was professor of international history at the University of London.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Yale Edition 1(8)
Jeremy Black
Preface 9(2)
Spelling of Names and Places 11(2)
Note on Dates 13(2)
Parents and Childhood
15(16)
The electoral Cap
31(34)
The father's plans for his son
33(4)
The family's advancement and George's marriage
37(5)
The primogeniture struggle
42(6)
George's divorce
48(17)
Experience gained
65(28)
The Konigsmarck myth
65(4)
George at the helm
69(1)
The prospect of England
70(6)
Struggle over the English Succession between George and his mother
76(2)
Wider German horizons
78(12)
Losses of friends and companions
90(3)
The royal crown
93(18)
Hanover and Celle united
93(1)
George's household after 1698
93(7)
The War of the Spanish Succession
100(4)
Death of queen Anne: the 'Act of Settlement' put into effect
104(7)
Settling down
111(36)
Great Britain at the time of George's accession
111(8)
George and the party system
119(9)
The king's English
128(4)
The royal household
132(15)
Two issues of principle
147(23)
The struggle for place and profit
147(9)
Promotion by title
156(1)
The Hanoverian succession
157(13)
Three crises
170(41)
George I's image
170(4)
The Jacobite 'Fifteen'
174(6)
European issues 1716-17
180(13)
The ministerial crisis
193(8)
Quarrel in the royal family
201(10)
The watershed 1718-21
211(36)
Lessons learnt
211(5)
European peace plans
216(14)
Success in the south
230(5)
Partial success in the north
235(7)
Shifts of emphasis
242(5)
Peace, its problems and achievements
247(33)
The South Sea bubble
247(9)
George, a captive of his ministers?
256(4)
George as a patron of the arts
260(7)
Unfinished business
267(7)
Alliances and counter-alliances
274(3)
War or peace?
277(3)
Death of George I
280(20)
George's last journey
280(5)
The balance sheet
285(15)
Bibliography 300(22)
Notes to the Text 322(50)
Genealogical Tables 372(6)
Map 1: George's Hanoverian dominions and the near neighbours of his electorate 378(2)
Map 2: Northern Europe 380(2)
Map 3: Southern Europe 382(2)
List of Illustrations 384
Index 38

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