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April 12, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

48. George I

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A lack of Protestant Stuarts in 1714 meant the start of a new dynasty with George I and the Hanoverians. Poor George wasn't the happiest of monarchs - he was perfectly happy in Hanover and went back as often as he could, while his British subjects weren't too enamoured with him as a dull German who didn't speak much English. Nevertheless, George's was an interesting reign, seeing the defeat of Jacobite rebellions from the Old Pretender, the rise of Robert Walpole (particularly during the South Sea Bubble Crisis) and the naturalisation of classical composer Handel. George also set a template for all Georgian monarchs: argue with your son and create plenty of juicy scandal!

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  • Jenny Grandchamp

    These episodes are getting better and better..I’m enjoying your podcast especially as you’re approaching the modern era. Impatiently waiting on Mad King George III. Be sure to include his decisions surrounding the U.S. War of Independence and how badly treated Ben Franklin was by his Privy Council after devoting 20 years of his life as an ambassador of several colonies.. Keep up the great work!! Jenny Grandchamp West Hills, California, USA

    Apr 24, 2012 at 1:50 am
  • rexfactor

    Hi Jenny, glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Not long to go until George III now - we’ll definitely be covering the War of Independence, will see if Ben Franklin’s woes can get a mention but there’s a lot of stuff to fit in for G3’s reign!

    May 1, 2012 at 7:49 am
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