Book cover of George II: Not Just a British Monarch by Norman Daviesby Norman Davies

From the celebrated historian and author of Europe: A History, a new life of George II

George II, King of Great Britain and Ireland and Elector of Hanover, came to Britain for the first time when he was thirty-one. He had a terrible relationship with his father, George I, which was later paralleled by his relationship to his own son. He was short-tempered and uncultivated, but in his twenty-three-year reign he presided over a great flourishing in his adoptive country – economic, military and cultural – all described with characteristic wit and elegance by Norman Davies. (George II so admired the Hallelujah chorus in Handel’s Messiah that he stood while it was being performed – as modern audiences still do.) Much of his attention remained in Hanover and on continental politics, as a result of which he was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle, at Dettingen in 1744.

Interview with the Author

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George II: reassessing a much-forgotten monarch
7/31/21          38 min


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Norman Davies on George II and the Dysfunctional Hanoverians – Part One
10/9/21           30 min


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Norman Davies on George II and Slavery – Part Two
10/23/21        23 min


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