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The Hanoverians: The History of a Dynasty (Dynasties) Hardcover – September 4, 2004


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'an energetic and engrossing, if sometimes unruly book' Sunday Telegraph, July 18 2004

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In The Hanoverians, one of Britain's most widely read historians, Jeremy Black, presents a detailed look at the long reign of this family's scandal-plagued reigning dynasty from the eighteenth to the early nineteenth century, including four King Georges and William IV. From the controversial King George I, who spoke only French and German, to George III's humiliating loss of the American colonies and bouts of insanity, to the disliked George IV's scandalous marriage and attempted divorce, the reign of the Hanoverians was filled with interesting stories and extraordinary characters.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dynasties
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon & London; 1St Edition edition (September 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852854464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852854461
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,715,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A history professor and a leading expert on eighteenth-century Britain, Jeremy Black presents The Hanoverians: The History Of A Dynasty, an enthralling true account of British King George I, George II, George III, and George IV, who presided during an era when they were seen virtually as foreigners by their own subjects. Their dynasty survived the invasion of England by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, and the loss of the American colonies, and achieved conquest both Canada and India. Exploring both the character of the rulers themselves, and the lasting impact of their rule, The Hanoverians is a remarkable and welcome contribution to British and world history shelves.
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God spare us from another book like this. I want my money back.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Cosby on February 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for a course and no one in the class including the instructor found anything good to say about it. It is a good subject still waiting for a readable book
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a very thorough well written book on one of the most unlikely European Dynasty's. I mean when George I asscended to the thrown of England he could not speak a word of English and the duchy of Hanover was a second rate backwater, thanks to the English law that a Catholic could not accend to the throne, thus disqualifing the great dynasty's of the Bourbon's and the Hapsburg's, this idiot and his bad genes where thrust upon the unfortunite people of England. England then got a line of mediocre to just plain horrible monarchs, George III being the only good one, with Edward VII, George V, and Elizabeth I being mediocre. Victoria was just awful, after Albert ruled for her, then died, she just got lucky with excellent prime minister's like Disralli, and Gladstone, while she just mourned and self indulged her ridiculous grief at Balmoral, she also placed her children on thrones all over Europe, I mean the crazy Prussian Kaiser that started World War I, was her grandson!, talk about bad genes!, at least she stayed out of the way of her ministers, because her idea's where just inane. At least the Hanovarians had the good sense under George V during World War I to change their German name to Windsor, least anyone think they where aligned with the German enemy, which they were not, George V was an English Patriot to the core. The Windsor's of today thanks to the Scottish Queen Mum and British Princess Diana, are actually more English than German, so William will actually be a true British King..what a thought..an Brit on the British Throne.
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