William Sterling

George I

From being the ruler of an obscure German electorate George I suddenly became king of on the most powerful nations in the world in his fifties. He was never popular in his new kingdom but established a constitutional monarchy which has survived to today.

This course was run at the City Lit on Saturday 16th March 2019.

We examined George’s German background and experiences as ruler in Hanover, how he succeeded to the throne in the most unlikely manner, his limited knowledge of his new kingdom, his policies, his stormy marriage, unusual mistresses and his love of music, especially that of Handel, the attempts by the Jacobites to oust him and other crises.

These are the handouts on the day

children and grandchildren rev



16 February 1721

hanover tree

Jacobite Song from the 15

These are the slides shown in a printable format

George I slides 1 2019 printable

George I slides 2 2019 printable

George I slides 3 2019 printable

George I slides 4 printable

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George was musical and the music of Handel appealed to him. Here is some of the music played on the day

Steffani’s Henrico Leone composed for George’s parents

Handel’s Te Deum played to welcome George in 1714

Jacobite Song from the 15

The Water Music Hornpipe

March from Scipione