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George II: Puppet of the Politicians?

Jeremy Black

Abstract

This book is a biography of George II. This book sets out to demonstrate the unfairness of charges that George II was a puppet king overshadowed by towering politicians such as Robert Walpole, and later, William Pitt. For a king who ruled for so long (1727–1760), the neglect shown by historians to George II is surprising. He was the last British king to lead an army into battle, at Dettingen in 1743, and his rule included the drama of Culloden in 1746 — the culmination of the war over British succession. The neglect is due chiefly to the lack of easily accessible source material: George II lef ... More

Keywords: puppet king, Robert Walpole, William Pitt, Dettingen, Culloden, wars, Elector of Hanover, George II, Britain, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780859898072
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898072.0001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Black, author
University of Exeter