George III: A Personal History by Christopher HibbertIn George III: A Personal History, British historian Christopher Hibbert reassesses the royal monarch George III (1738–1820). Rather than reaffirm George IIIs reputation as “Mad King George,” Hibbert portrays him as not only a competent ruler during most of his reign, but also as a patron of the arts and sciences, as a man of wit and intelligence, indeed, as a man who “greatly enhanced the reputation of the British monarchy” until he was finally stricken by a rare hereditary disease.Teeming with court machinations, sexual intrigues, and familial conflicts, George III opens a window on the tumultuous, rambunctious, revolutionary eighteenth century. It is sure to alter our understanding of this fascinating, complex, and very human king who so strongly shaped Englands —and Americas—destiny.
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In , illness brought on a mental breakdown, but he briefly recovered, regaining popularity and admiration for his virtue and steady leadership through the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Ultimately, recurring bouts of insanity led Parliament to enact regency to his son, and George III lived his final years with sporadic periods of lucidity, until his death in
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During the last years of his life from he was intermittently mad—his son, the future George IV , acting as regent. From his parents and their entourage, the young George imbibed an unreasonable dislike of his grandfather, King George II , and of all his policies. George was a child of strong feelings but of slow mental development. This unequal growth of brain and heart made him difficult to teach and too easy to command and produced in him an appearance of apathy; he could not read properly until he was His affection for his immediate family circle dominated his life.
George III is most remembered for being the king who lost the US in the American Revolution, but there is much more to his fascinating life than that.
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George III: Birth and Education
Throughout history, George became famous for his struggle with mental illness. One of the more extreme stories involved George confusing a tree for the King of Prussia and trying to shake hands with it. The man who bapitized George twice, but more on that later was named Thomas Secker. Secker was, by that point, the Archbishop of Canterbury. As a child, George was made to study such scientific subjects as physics, chemistry, and astronomy. This marked the first known time that a British monarch systematically studied science. During his early life, George was guided by his mother and her close confidant, Lord Bute.