By G. Ditchfield
This publication is a political examine of the reign of George III which pulls upon unpublished resources and takes account of contemporary study to provide a rounded appreciation of 1 of crucial and arguable issues in British historical past. It examines the old popularity of George III, his position as a ecu determine and his non secular convictions, and gives a dialogue of the household and imperial regulations with which he used to be linked.
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This publication is a political research of the reign of George III which pulls upon unpublished resources and takes account of modern learn to provide a rounded appreciation of 1 of an important and arguable issues in British heritage. It examines the old popularity of George III, his position as a ecu determine and his spiritual convictions, and provides a dialogue of the family and imperial regulations with which he was once linked.
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Konigs, in The Hanoverian Kings and their Homeland (1993), refers to George III's `insanity', while John A. 69 The case for porphyria as the cause of George III's medical problems remains strongly suggestive 20 George III: An Essay in Monarchy rather than conclusive, but uncritical references to `insanity' are no longer compatible with the existing evidence and it is noteworthy that specialised, as distinct from more general, studies of George III, do indeed tend to avoid them. The term `madness', also, is inaccurate if not qualified by reference to mental delusions produced by diagnosable physical conditions.
If John Brooke's account of George III's conduct over this affair is too generous to the King, that of H. M. 24 Caroline Matilda, married at 15 to a difficult husband and inexperienced in the ways of foreign courts, was the victim, rather than the villain, of the piece, and the sentence upon Struensee and his associates lends some justification to the threats levelled at the Danish court by George III and his ministers. The prospect of the trial and possible execution of the King's sister posed a ghastly challenge to British (and Hanoverian) prestige in Europe and the priority which George III gave to his sister's safety was entirely understandable.
With the fall of North's ministry in March 1782 and the accession of that of Rockingham the conduct of foreign affairs was reorganised and the Secretaries of State for the North and South were superseded by a Foreign and a Home (and Colonial) Secretary. It was George III's personal decision to give his confidence to the latter (Shelburne) and to withhold it from the former (Fox), just as it was his personal decision to make Shelburne prime minister after the death of Rockingham on 1 July 1782. His actions helped to determine the nature of the peace treaties of 1782±3.