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Andrew Roberts: George III: The Life and Reign of Britain’s Most Misunderstood Monarch - Part of the Derby Book Festival

24th May 2022 £10

Sponsored by Peveril Homes

George III, Britain's longest-reigning king, has gone down in history as 'the cruellest tyrant of this age'(Thomas Paine,18th century),who ‘inflicted more profound and enduring injuries upon this country than any other modern English king' (WEH Lecky,19th century), 'one of England's most disastrous kings' (JHPlumb,20th century) and as the pompous, sinister monarch of the musical 'Hamilton' (21st century).

Andrew Roberts' magnificent new biography takes entirely the opposite view. It convincingly portrays an intelligent, benevolent monarch who, devoted to the constitution of his country, navigated the turbulence of 18th-century politics with a strong sense of honour and duty. He was a devoted husband and family man, a great patron of the arts and sciences, keen ('Farmer George') to advance Britain's agricultural capacity and determined that her horizons should be global.

Andrew Roberts argues that, far from being a tyrant or incompetent, George III was one of our most admirable monarchs. George III shows one of Britain's premier historians at his sparkling best.