George III: America's Last King

George III America s Last King The sixty year reign of George III witnessed and participated in some of the most critical events of modern world history the ending of the Seven Years War with France the American War of I

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  • Title: George III: America's Last King
  • Author: Jeremy Black
  • ISBN: 9780300117325
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The sixty year reign of George III 1760 1820 witnessed and participated in some of the most critical events of modern world history the ending of the Seven Years War with France, the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars, the campaign against Napoleon Bonaparte and battle of Waterloo in 1815, and Union with Ireland in 1801 Despite the pathos of tThe sixty year reign of George III 1760 1820 witnessed and participated in some of the most critical events of modern world history the ending of the Seven Years War with France, the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars, the campaign against Napoleon Bonaparte and battle of Waterloo in 1815, and Union with Ireland in 1801 Despite the pathos of the last years of the mad, blind, and neglected monarch, it is a life full of importance and interest.Jeremy Black s biography deals comprehensively with the politics, the wars, and the domestic issues, and harnesses the richest range of unpublished sources in Britain, Germany, and the United States But, using George III s own prolific correspondence, it also interrogates the man himself, his strong religious faith, and his powerful sense of moral duty to his family and to his nation Black considers the king s scientific, cultural, and intellectual interests as no other biographer has done, and explores how he was viewed by his contemporaries Identifying George as the last British ruler of the Thirteen Colonies, Black reveals his strong personal engagement in the struggle for America and argues that George himself, his intentions and policies, were key to the conflict.

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    1. Jeremy Black has written a very good biography of one of the most important monarchs in world history: King George III. I think in the end George III was a good king, just not great one. He might have been able to be a great one but his mental health stood in the way of any possible greatness. George III did however provide precedence for the monarch as a ceremonial figurehead of unity rather than an active ruler. He was a person of great abilities and great flaws.Unlike a lot of his contemporar [...]

    2. As a history fan but only just really reading large biographies, this was the perfect mix of fact without it being too dry. What I enjoyed most about the book was how the author didn't dwell on the two things we know about George III already: his descent into madness and the loss of America. Of course these were among it but there was equal stress put on his control of government, his family (and bad relationships with his sons) and his love of the arts.I read the book in chunks; for me a lot of [...]

    3. Professor Black's book ignited my interest in King George III. Written with his usual thorough research and scholarship, but with a delicate touch towards King George's problematical life.

    4. I'm reading this book in very small nibbles because I find it more enjoyable that way. It's very dense with information, and I like to be able to process the information before moving on to the next clump. This might make it sound as though the book is dull or academic, but it's not. It's written like an intelligent, thoroughly researched, comprehensive, detailed biography of a fascinating character surrounded by other fascinating characters. I have a feeling that in the end, this will be the on [...]

    5. Not sure what I was thinking this book was going to be about but it turned out to really change my opinion of George III, the American Revolution, and Lord North. This was really a biography of George III in his own words. Yes towards the end of his life he did lose his mind but in the beginning and the middle of his life he was a much greater man than US history books portray him to be. In effect he was not 'the enemy' as is taught in school but a very honorable man

    6. A very fast read on George III-a little too fast sometimes. I wish Black had stopped more and gone into greater detail about things like the American and French Revoultions. Other than that, really good book on King George III

    7. So far a great look into what shaped a King who navigated through both the American and French Revolutions.

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