William Sterling

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Life and Times of King George I

November 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am - December 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

  1. What is the course about?

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.

  1. What topics will we cover?

We will examine 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.

  1. By the end of the course you should be able to:

Identify key stages in the history of early Hanoverian England

Demonstrate understanding of the roles of the king and parliament in the C18th

Contribute to discussions on how the insistence of a protestant monarch shaped modern Britaih


City Lit via Zoom