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Book categories: George III, His Family, His Wife,His Children, His Times, Prince Regent, Regency Era, Children's Books, Regency Romances, DVDs

King George III

George III by Christopher Wright. Biography. George III was far from being the intellectual mediocrity of legend. He was a voracious reader and an active supporter of science. When he died, there was a national outpouring of grief.

George III: America's Last King by Jeremy Black. This biography uses George III's own correspondence to reveal his scientific, cultural, and intellectual interests, as well as his strong religious faith and his sense of moral duty to his family and nation.

George III by John Cannon. A concise biography from the "Very Interesting People" series.

George III by G. M. Ditchfield. A political study of the reign of George III, including his historical reputation, his religious convictions, and his domestic and imperial policies.

The Architect King: George III and the Culture of the Enlightenment by David Watkins. A full account of George III's relationship with his tutor, William Chambers, and other leading architects, including Robert Adam, James 'Athenian' Stuart, and James Wyatt.

The Wisdom of George the Third by John Marsden. Papers from a symposium at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, June 2004.

George III: King and Politicians, 1760-1770 by Peter David Garner Thomas. A chronological survey of the first 10 years of George III's reign.

George III by Christopher Hibbert. Colorfully illustrated, this book gives readers the inside information on the monarch's manifold eccentricities, his cheerful fidelity to a difficult wife, and what he felt about his 53 illegitimate grandchildren. A terrific, informative read. (This review © Amazon.com.)

Purple Secret: Genes, "Madness" and the Royal Houses of Europe by John Rohl, Martin Warren, and David Hunt. Explores what DNA analysis has revealed about the effect porphyria (a hereditary disease) had on Europe's royal families. George III suffered from porphyria.

George III's Family

A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings by Stella Tillyard. Britain's King George III tried to be a father to his siblings, but the family was plagued by scandal and trapped by duty.

A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow. George III and his wife, Queen Charlotte, raised their 13 children in a climate of love, but the king's disapproval alienated his sons, and his determination to protect his daughters from the marriage market left them lonely and resentful. Also published under the title The Strangest Family.

Queen Charlotte and Hannah Lightfoot

The Artistic Matronage of Queen Charlotte - 1744-1818 by Heidi A. Strobel. How a queen promoted art and female artists in English society.

Hannah Regina by Michael Kreps. Tells the story of Hannah Regina, the Quaker woman who is rumored to have been George III's secret first wife and mother of his son George Rex.

The Prince and the Quakeress by Jean Plaidy. Novel about George III's early romance with a woman named Hannah Lightfoot (whom he was rumored to have secretly married). From Plaidy's Georgian Saga series.

The Third George by Jean Plaidy. Novel about George III's marriage to Queen Charlotte, also from the Georgian Saga series.

Children of King George III

Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III by Flora Fraser. A biography of the daughters of "Mad" King George III: Charlotte, constantly at odds with her mother; family-oriented Augusta; gifted artist Elizabeth; bland beauty Mary; emotional Sophia, who had an illegitimate child; and turbulent Amelia. Kept from marrying by their father, the sisters led secretly scandalous lives.

Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge: Steadfast Son of King George III, 1774-1850 by Grace E. Moreman. Biography of the youngest and, arguably, favorite son of George III.

The Royal Dukes: The Father and Uncles of Queen Victoria by Roger Fulford. About George III's sons. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

The Daughters of George III by Dorothy Margaret Stuart. Published in 1939. Sometimes available from Alibris.

George III's Children by John Van Der Kiste. Describes the relationships between the 15 children of George III, the characters who surrounded the court, and the mess that the brothers made of their lives. From Alibris.

Wicked Ernest by John Wardroper. Biography of George III's son the Duke of Cumberland, who was accused of incest and murder. Sometimes available from Alibris.

Books About Hannah Lightfoot's Son George Rex

His Court and Times

George III: A Life in Caricature by Kenneth Baker. King George III was highly unpopular for much of his reign, as shown by contemporary caricatures, many reproduced here for the first time. 200 color illustrations.

Memoirs of the Reign of King George III by Horace Walpole. Walpole, who died in 1797, was the fourth earl of Orford and a prolific writer. This book provides Walpole's text in its entirety, unabridged and unexpurgated.

Faithful Handmaid: Fanny Burney at the Court of King George III by Hester Davenport. Fanny Burney was a popular novelist who became Queen Charlotte's Second Keeper of the Robes.

George III and Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste by Jane Roberts. Published by The Royal Collection.

Medicine in England During the Reign of George III by Arnold Chaplin. George III wasn't alone in receiving barbaric treatment from doctors of his time. Learn about the state of medicine during his reign.

Children's Books About George III

King George III (Revolutionary War Leaders) by Ann Graham Gaines. A biography for children between the ages of 9 and 12.

King George III: England's Struggle to Keep America from Crabtree Publishing Co. Nonfiction.

Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Tomie De Paola. A humorous biography that focuses on the king's role in the American Revolution. For ages 9 to 12.

King George III: America's Enemy by Philip Brooks. Biography from the Wicked History series for children ages 9 to 12.

King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin, illustrated by Tim Robinson. Anecdotes and little-known historical details. For children ages 9 to 12.

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Dramas & Documentaries

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The Madness of King George. Very sad but absorbing movie starring Nigel Hawthorne as the troubled king.

The Madness of King George by Alan Bennett. The screenplay of the 1995 film. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

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