This biography is a re-examination of George III's political beliefs and aspirations, of his relationships with his ministers, and of the reasons why he was so widely loved by the British but reviled by his American subjects, who declared him "unfit to be the ruler of a free people".
Part 1: "the greatest beast in the whole world"; father and son; the pupil and his tutors; the "dearest friend"; death of "the old man"; bride and bridegroom; first impressions; Buckingham House; duties and diversions; a promising start; dukes and ministers; family life; a turbulent ministry; John Wilkes; troubles in America; John Wilkes returns; "a man of admirable parts"; "an ugly job"; surrender at Yorktown; the King's brothers; the King's sisters; the move to Windsor; at Mrs Delany's; the squire of Windsor; "gross abuses in the expenditure of public money". Part 2: the Gordon riots; attempted murder; King George versus Mr Fox; the profligate heir; the defeat of Fox; a secret marriage; the "medical tribe"; the Lincolnshire mad-doctor; doctor's dilemma; the King's recovery; prayers and celebrations; Weymouth "en fete"; war with France; relapse and recovery; a disastrous marriage; the angry father; a dreaded interview; "an astonishing change for the worse"; Princess Charlotte and her mother; the royal dukes; a conservative gentleman; the nunnery; apotheosis; regency; last days at Windsor.
George III: A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert
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