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  • Series: The English Monarchs Series
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300088833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300088830
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,868,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late Ragnhild Hatton was professor of international history at the University of London. Jeremy Black, professor of history at the University of Exeter, is the author of numerous books, including War and the World (ISBN 0 300 08285 1, pb. ?11.50) and Maps and History (ISBN 0 300 08693 8, pb. ?12.50), both published by Yale University Press.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Marchinek on June 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read a Hard back copy from the local library and could not believe it. I loved this bio. I have read many other biographies and books on the Stuart and Hanover Dynasties of Britain but most were from Charles II and the pretenders and George III through Victoria. George I seems to be remembered as the British King who really didn't care; He took his time accepting the throne, refused to learn English, ran away to Hanover every chance he got and only wanted English money proven by the South Sea Bubble scandal. This book gives us more. A lot more. It shows the who and why, it dispels the stories I have listed above and gives us the man, flesh, blood and emotions. He becomes a real and more understood human than just an uncaring figure from history. I highly recommend this book. It is a great read. I didn't want to put it down. It flows easy and gives enough detail and background to keep you moving through history and his life without bogging you down. All those, Jacobites included :) who do not know George I outside of the usual should read this book. I can't say enough about it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rilke's Granddaughter on April 9, 2002
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The author's writing style is easy to follow, without being simplistic and her grasp of the historical issues of the period is excellent.
She presents a great deal of information about the women involved in the history of George, which is unusual for a historian of the Hanovers.
The book is approachable without an in-depth knowledge of the German principalities (though this obviously helps).
Solidly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Putman on February 17, 2012
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Ragnhild Hatton's biography of George I is a gold mine for scholars looking for Hanover's and Britain's involvement in the affairs of Europe in the early 18th century. Page after page of details emerge about the foreign policy of George and his ministers. It is an awesome work of scholarship.

However, the same depth of scholarship makes parts of the book a tough read for the nonprofessional historian. I had some issues with the book. First, Hatton frequently mentions important people and events prior to their being explained later in the book. The South Sea Bubble is an example. It is explained in the second last chapter of the book but prior to that is cited several times and I did not know what the book was referencing. This happens numerous times with names and events. Another issue I had was that, in sections, the writing is not lucid. Long sometimes convoluted sentences filled with names and references proved irritating. They were precise and scholarly but one had to carefully decipher them. Again, for a professional historian the background required for understanding might be obvious but not to a general reader interested in history. A third point was that the heavy emphasis on foreign affairs led to a somewhat thin explanation at times of domestic issues. For example, given the important and serious rift that developed between George I and his son, I would have liked to have more details about what caused their mutual alienation. Likewise, as mentioned in the Foreward to the Yale Edition, the domestic political events in the last half dozen years of George's reign are not very well-developed.

Given these provisos, the book is a stunning work of historical research. Parts of it are also fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wayne Wells on August 22, 2014
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This is a biography of George I, but the first chapter of the book dealt with his mother--Sofia of the Palatinate or Sofia of Hanover, the Electress of Hanover. Given the lack of any kind of current biography of her this is a very important part of the book. She was an important person in Europe at the time of the Age of Reason and is overlooked in modern times.

This book is an easy read on the life of George I. New research by the provides new light on George, his knowledge of English (or lack there of)as a language, the amount of actual time that he spent in England itself and his relationship with Robert Walpole. It was during the reign of George I that the office of the prime minister of Great Britain matured sufficiently that the office becomes recognizable as the ancestor of modern office of the prime minister to legitimately bear the name-- Prime Minister. For much of my life, I have felt the office of Prime Minister arose at this time because of George I's reliance on Walpole because of his (George's) lack of knowledge of English, the lack of time spent (and consequently lack of interest in England. As this book points out the subject is much more complicated than my belief in this simple theory.

My enjoyment of this book was supported by my reading of "The Life and times of Marlborough" by Winston Churchill. This is the leading biography of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. Marlborough and Sidney Godolphin formed a government under George I's predecessor to the throne, Queen Anne. The Godolphin/Marlborough government held power for many years in the reign of Queen Anne. As such both Godolphin and Marlborough helped build the office that would become the office of Prime Minister. However, they were not "party men.
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