Everyone knows that George III was the king who presided over the loss of the American colonies. But as The Madness of George III itself makes clear, there was a lot more to this most complicated of monarchs than this reputation encompasses.
In this talk, Professor Arthur Burns, academic director of the Georgian Papers Programme, a major international project to explore and make available more than 400,000 pages of original documents stored in the Round Tower at Windsor Castle relating to the Georgian period of which only some 15% have ever previously been published, sheds light on the new insights that are emerging on the king, his family, his illness and his reign which can enrich our understanding of Bennett’s play.
Arthur Burns is professor of modern British History at King’s College London and academic director of the Georgian Papers Programme. He is president of the Church of England Record Society and a former vice-president of the Royal Historical Society.
Find out more about the Georgian Paper Programme georgianpapersprogramme.com
Image: The letter drafted for William Pitt by George’s doctors as they tried to persuade the king to leave Windsor for Kew on 29 November 1788, the signatures including those of George Baker, Lucas Pepys and Richard Warren. Image: Supplied by the Royal Archives © Her Majesty the Queen 2017.
There will be a Q&A at the end.
This is a pre-show talk which will take place in the Ustinov Room at 6.15pm – 7pm (incl. 15 mins of questions). Tickets are free but please reserve in advance.
The Madness of George III Explored: An Exhibition for Mark Gatiss
On 9 October 2018, Mark Gatiss visited the Royal Library at Windsor in preparing for his role as George III. You can see all of the papers he saw in this fantastic virtual exhibition by the Georgian Papers Programme. See the exhibition here.
Left: Mark Gatiss, centre: Arthur Burns, professor of Modern British History at King’s College London and academic director of the Georgian Papers Programme, right: Oliver Walton, curator, Royal Archives
Images courtesy of Royal Collection Trust /(c) HM Queen Elizabeth II 2018
Professor Arthur Burns
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|King George III in his own words: new findings from the Georgian papers at Windsor Castle - Thu 8 Nov 6:15pm Thu 8 Nov||Ustinov Room||6:15pm||Free (reserve in advance)|