George III: The Life and Reign of Britain's Most Misunderstood Monarch Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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George III, Britain's longest-reigning king, has gone down in history as 'the cruellest tyrant of this age' (Thomas Paine, 18th century), 'a sovereign who inflicted more profound and enduring injuries upon this country than any other modern English king' (WEH Lecky, 19th century), 'one of England's most disastrous kings' (JH Plumb, 20th century) and as the pompous, camp and sinister monarch of the musical Hamilton (21st century).
Andrew Roberts' magnificent new biography takes entirely the opposite view. It convincingly portrays George as intelligent, benevolent, scrupulously devoted to the constitution of his country and (as head of government as well as head of state) navigating the turbulence of 18th-century politics with a strong sense of honour and duty. He was a devoted husband and family man, a great patron of the arts and sciences, keen ('Farmer George') to advance Britain's agricultural capacity and determined that her horizons should be global.
The book gives a detailed, revisionist account of the American War of Independence, amongst other things persuasively taking apart a significant proportion of the Declaration of Independence. In a later war, it shows how George's support for William Pitt was crucial to the battle against Napoleon. And it makes a credible, modern diagnosis of George's terrible malady that robbed him of his mind for the last 10 years of his life - his other main claim to the popular imagination.
Roberts argues that, far from being a tyrant or incompetent, George III was one of our most admirable monarchs. George III shows one of Britain's premier historians at his sparkling best.
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|Listening Length||36 hours and 2 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 October 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 11,498 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
19 in Biographies of Royalty (Audible Books & Originals)
42 in Great Britain History
56 in Historical Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
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Whilst the central part of the book is about the development leading to America breaking away from British rule, it seemed to me to move so far away from being part of a biography about King George, it became almost a book within a book.
This most certainly a new and refreshingly new assessment about one of Britain's monarchs who stood astride the impact of the Tudor and Stuart eras with only the early impact of the Industrial Revolution which during the reigns of George IV, William IV and Victoria changed Britain again into the landscape we inherited during the 20th Century.
The personality clashes between King George and various political figures are astounding to read, at times quirky, funny and tragic to register how they impacted upon everyday life.
The book is well worth the read, for all of it being a very long and demanding read, although it would have been good to learn more about his ideal marriage to Charlotte and the very obvious dislike of the father and his son, the eventual King George IV.
I thought that this book shed a new light on the king .
Well researched and interesting to read.